(Minghui.org) May is a season of thanksgiving. May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day, which is the most important day in the lives of Falun Dafa practitioners. This year's “May 13” is the 29th anniversary of the day when Falun Dafa was introduced to the world. It is also the 70th birthday of Falun Dafa’s founder – Mr. Li Hongzhi.

Falun Dafa was first introduced to the people in Changchun, China on May 13, 1992. Since then, it has spread to over 100 countries. The Dafa cultivation principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance have brought physical and mental benefits to more than 100,000,000 people, and have raised their moral values. Since 2000, Falun Dafa practitioners designated May 13 as “World Falun Dafa Day.” During this time every year, Falun Dafa practitioners and their friends and family will use different means to express their gratitude to their Master, and tell Him how much they miss him, including in Singapore. Master Li Hongzhi has come to Singapore three times to introduce Falun Dafa to the people in Singapore. These visits have also become a treasured memory for Singapore practitioners.

On July 28, 1996, Master Li Hongzhi gave a lecture during the establishment ceremony of the Falun Buddha Society (Singapore) 

From December 28, 2019, to January 5, 2020, Singapore Falun Dafa practitioners held nine-day classes to let people watch Master’s lectures and teach them the exercise movements. The picture shows a veteran practitioner teaching a new practitioner the exercise movements.

For many years, Singapore Falun Dafa practitioners held nine-day classes to let people watch Master’s lectures, and teach them the exercise movements. They hoped that people from all walks of life could benefit from the practice. At the end of each round of nine-day class sessions, the new practitioners would share how they benefited from the classes. Some said, “I feel that my mind has broadened,” while others said, “I recovered from serious insomnia.” There are also some who said, “I regret not having come across Falun Dafa earlier” and others said, “I have read all sorts of books, but only Zhuan Falun could answer all my questions.”

Retired Businessman: Brain Tumor Disappeared After Attending the Nine-Day Class

Mr. Ou Ji Bao, a 73 years old Singaporean, has cultivated in Falun Dafa for more than 4 years. Before his retirement, Mr. Ou managed an Indonesian mining company for more than 20 years. When he was an 11 or 12-year-old teenager, whenever he walked to the jetty near his house, he looked up at the sky, and shouted in his mind to the kings and masters in the Heavens, “I know that there is a Master. I just do not know how to call him, I just keep shouting to him in my heart.”

Mr. Ou had tried studying many beliefs and religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, and so on, but he did not enter into any of them ultimately. Mr. Ou said, “I kept searching for the true law, but I realized that none of them was what I wanted until I found Falun Dafa.”

Mr. Ou retired and returned to Singapore at the end of August 2016. During a checkup, Mr. Ou discovered that there was a clogged vein in his heart. The doctor did a bypass surgery. While recovering from the surgery, in December 2016, his sister, who cultivates in Falun Dafa, told him that there is a free lecture and exercise teaching class and asked if he wanted to join. Mr. Ou said he would.

“During those few days when I attended the nine-day class, I slept every day. I did not understand why, as I was sure I had had enough sleep. However, once I started listening to Master's lectures, I fell asleep. About a week or two after listening to the lectures, I discovered that the tumor in the back of my head had disappeared. I understood why I kept sleeping in the classes. I felt that this was really very powerful.”

After that, Mr. Ou studied the Fa and practiced the exercises every day. When he went back to the hospital for a follow-up, the doctor who did the surgery on him said, “You do not need to come back anymore. Everything is normal.” Mr. Ou said, “After cultivating Falun Dafa, I feel that my body is in especially good condition. I do not feel tired, no matter how far I walk. If I had obtained the Fa earlier, I would not have needed the bypass surgery.”

Furthermore, when interacting with other practitioners, Mr. Ou said that he feels very comfortable; this is because “I can say whatever I want to say.” Mr. Ou also said, “In the past when I talked business in my company, I had lots of conflicts, especially with Chinese clients. It is very hard to hear a sentence of true heartfelt words. Doing a business is already very tough. Since I obtained the Fa, my mind has become relaxed as I no longer take matters to heart. Matters really do not affect me much anymore!”

Mr. Ou, who obtained the Fa more than four years ago.

Mr. Ou also said that after cultivating in Falun Dafa, I no longer am irritable. “In Indonesia,” he said, “I managed a few hundred workers. Every day, there would be all sorts of big and small problems, making me very irritable. People were scared of me.” “Now in the home, my family sees me as a gentle and moderate person. I look after the family a lot and do all the housework, be it mopping the floor, washing the clothes, doing the marketing and cooking for the family. In the past, my wife would do all these but now, I am doing all of them. When my wife sees these changes in me, she feels happy about it.”

This year, Mr. Ou’s brother has also obtained the Fa. Now, the three cultivate in Dafa. As the Falun Dafa Day approaches, Mr. Ou said, “I want to tell Master that I finally understood who is the person that I called for when I looked up into the sky when I was young. Wishing Master a Happy Birthday!”

Letting Go of Grief of Losing Her Mother: Career Woman Learns How to Treat Others with Kindness

Ms. Jodi, who is 50 years old this year, was born in Singapore, and she has worked in a bank for 22 years as a public relations manager. Growing up in a single-parent family and not having any other siblings, Ms. Jodi and her mother depend on each other. In January 2017 Ms. Jodi’s mother passed away, which was a big blow for her. For 2 years, she felt the loss, felt helpless, and the sadness was something she could not extricate herself from. It was only 2 years ago when she found Falun Dafa did Ms. Jodi pull herself together for a new start, and she truly understood the purpose of life.

Ms. Jodi recalled that when her mother passed away, her body was in very bad shape, and she was suffering from anemia. On the second day of my mother’s funeral, I went to the hospital for a blood transfusion. While I was resting, I searched through the Buddhist scriptures, but there were different types of translation and there were also many things which I could not understand.”

In May 2019, at the Suntec City Health Fiesta exhibition, Ms. Jodi (lady in dark-colored flower blouse on the right), learning the truth about Falun Dafa at the booth.

In May 2019, Ms. Jodi went to the Suntec City Health Fiesta Exhibition and saw the Falun Dafa booth. This was the second time she came in contact with Falun Dafa. The first time was many years ago when she visited Norway. During the tour, Ms. Jodi met the local Falun Dafa practitioners who clarified the truth about Dafa to her. However, after returning to Singapore, due to her busy work, she did not follow up. “This time,” she said, “When I met up with the practice, I attended the nine-day class.”

During the nine-day class, Ms. Jodi listened to Master’s lectures and after returning home, she also read Zhuan Falun. She said, “I am really excited. When I was reading the Fa, I understood the reason why I am living on Earth.”

After cultivating in Falun Dafa, the dark clouds in Ms. Jodi’s heart were dispersed. Now, Ms. Jodi lives her life to its fullest every day. “My health improved, the anemia symptoms have all disappeared, the frequent flues and runny nose that I had in the past before my cultivation are all gone now. I feel that my body is so much stronger now. Thank you Master. I feel that I am very lucky!”

Ms. Jodi, who has cultivated in Dafa for nearly two years.

Ms. Jodi also said that as she grew up in a single-parent family she feels that only by being strong, especially in her career, will she not be bullied. “When the opinion of others does not match mine, I would fight with others. After obtaining the Fa, I understood that these feelings are all due to my own attachments. Only by getting rid of all these attachments would I be able to elevate myself and improve my cultivation state. Due to this understanding, when I am working, I will frequently remind myself to think of others’ needs first , treat others with kindness, and I must remain calm and maintain my peace of mind.”

However, this is not something that can be achieved immediately. “Sometimes, when I could not control myself and started to have conflicts with others, I would tell myself that this was not right when I returned back home.” In this way, Ms. Jodi keeps reminding herself not to give up. Although she may not have done well this time, she must do well the next time. Gradually, the relationship between Ms. Jodi and her colleagues improved.

Ms. Jodi said, “In the past, many people would try to avoid me. Nobody was willing to challenge me as they thought that I was too strong and career-minded. Now, because I treat others with kindness, my colleagues are all willing to interact with me. Things are really different now.”

As World Falun Dafa Day approaches, Ms. Jodi said, “Wishing Master a Happy Birthday! Thank you Master for guiding me and letting me understand the true purpose of living on Earth as a human being. Only Dafa can truly guide people to elevate.”

Network Safety Consultant: Thank You, Master, for Benefitting My Whole Family

Victor, who has cultivated in Dafa for nearly 17 years, works in a computer firm as a network safety consultant. In 2004, a former colleague visited his house and introduced Falun Dafa to him. “After listening to Master's lectures, I was really excited as I had finally found a practice that could help me cultivate, and become my true self.”

Victor said that for many years, he always had this wish to elevate his own state but he could not find the true Fa. After knowing about Falun Dafa, Victor felt as though he had found a rare treasure. Master mentioned “Mysterious Pass,” “Celestial Eye,” “Body Purification,” etc. in Zhuan Falun and he has experienced all this.

Victor also immediately went online to search for the other Dafa books and sent them to his girlfriend After they married, they both decided to cultivate in Dafa. They had a son and a daughter, who obtained the Fa and cultivate. Both of the kids are very obedient, sensible, and courteous. The whole family lives in harmony and joy.

Victor’s family portrait of happiness

Victor also said that after cultivating in Falun Dafa, he recovered from his insomnia. “In the past, it would take an hour or even a few hours before I could fall asleep. Apart from that, before I started cultivating, I worried about the stress that I felt at work, the problems that I met with, and what my boss said. I also took my gains and losses very seriously. Now, I can fall asleep as soon as I lie down in bed, and I can sleep through the night. This is something I had never expected. ”

Cultivating Dafa benefitted his whole family. He and his wife have never gotten into a fight at home. Growing up in a traditional family environment, both his kids are very healthy and very kind. “My son is very polite in school. He likes to help others and the teachers like him very much. They even let him take on the role of a student leader. My daughter also behaves like a well brought up kid in school. She can differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.”

As Falun Dafa Day approaches, Victor said, “We wish Master a Happy Birthday. Thank you, Master, for introducing the Fa to the world.”

New Practitioner: I Felt Master’s Benevolence

Ms. Yang, who is 50 years old, had obtained the Fa less than a year ago. Three years ago, her husband’s demise made her feel that life is unpredictable and life is as though floating in a sea of hardship. Therefore, Ms. Yang had the thought of wanting to go into cultivation and went online to search. Once, Ms. Yang saw an exquisite “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” picture on Facebook and she also read the truth about the cruel persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China by the CCP.

Ms. Yang wanted to understand in depth about the practice and she also wanted to know if the people who did these bad deeds received their due punishment. Therefore, she contacted this Falun Dafa practitioner who disseminated the truth on Facebook. The practitioner talked about Falun Dafa to her in detail and asked her, “If Falun Dafa has over a million people practicing it, do you still think this practice is bad?” The practitioner asked her to think about it, and let her decide for herself. Ms. Yang felt that Falun Dafa is different from the other cultivation methods. However, she did not start to cultivate immediately.

It was only until she watched a clip on Youtube, where “At the back of the clip, Master said, ‘You should not miss this opportunity and affinity.’ Master’s word’s woke me up.” Ms. Yang recalled, “When I first saw Master's photo, I felt that he was like the Maitreya, very benevolent.”

Ms. Yang watched Master’s lectures and exercise teaching videos in 2020. Not only has she learned the exercises, she also started to read Zhuan Falun. One night, she felt that the Falun at her lower abdomen was turning, and she truly experienced the power of Dafa.

As the World Falun Dafa Day approaches, Ms. Yang said, “Wishing Master a Happy Birthday, thank you Master for his benevolent saving. From now on, I will study the Fa and practice the exercises together with fellow practitioners and do the three things well.”

Couple Cultivates in Dafa: Six Friends and Family Members Obtained the Fa

Mr. Huang worked in the construction industry for many years as a construction quality inspector. Recalling his 62 years of life, he searched everywhere in the hope to find a true cultivation method.

Mr. Huang said, “When I was about 17 years old, I suffered from severe insomnia due to the stress from my studies. At that time, I was very worried that my life would be destroyed. Someone gave me a book about Buddhism. I was a bit enlightened and no longer worried that much. When I was 18 years old, I had already become a Buddhist. However, I saw that many people in Buddhism are questing for things instead of truly cultivating. This includes the monks and nuns. I have always been researching and looking into yoga, qigong, Buddhism, Taoism, Tantra, and came into contact with many things.”

At the start of 1998, Mr. Huang found a book called Lectures in the United States at the Popular Bookshop. “This is the first book of Master's lectures that I have read. The book explained the many mysteries that I had wondered about, and I learned the origin of many things. I thought that this is definitely not joking. It is a true cultivation method. However, at that time, I still did not know where to find the practice.”

A couple of months later, Mr. Huang saw that a local newspaper published an advertisement about the news of the free Falun Dafa nine-day class – he decided to attend the class. On the night he joined the class, Mr. Huang looked into the sky and saw a bright moon hanging up there. He suddenly felt touched in his heart without knowing why, and he said to himself in his heart, “I found my Master already.”

After cultivating in Falun Dafa, Mr. Huang’s asthma, insomnia, skin problems and other problems quickly improved, and he walked feeling very light. Furthermore, “In the past, I had a bad temper. When I got angry it was very hard to calm down. However, after practicing the exercises, if I lose my temper, it was like lighting a matchstick, the fire extinguishes very quickly. My heart of hatred is no longer that strong. Whatever happened, I also do not bear hatred and I forget about the issue quickly.”

In 1999 when the CCP started to persecute Falun Dafa, overwhelming propaganda also flooded Singapore. When Mr. Huang’s wife saw the fake news on television, she was very worried if he would become like what they said in the news. Therefore, she would often observe Mr. Huang’s behavior. She even asked him, “Do you want me or do you want Falun Dafa?”

Mr. Huang’s wife is a television addict so Mr. Huang played VCDs about the truth of Falun Dafa for her to watch. Mrs. Huang said, “I loved watching television. So when he played the videos, I sat there just like I usually did and watched the programs and videos. Sometimes, when the stories were very touching, I cried.”

Mrs. Huang also said, “When the practitioners organized events, he brought me along. Initially, I only accompanied him there and observed him. After interacting with the practitioners, I felt that they are all very kind. Slowly, without realizing it, I also started to cultivate Dafa.”

After her retirement, Mrs. Huang worked as a part-time nursery teacher. Dafa teaches people to cultivate themselves to become kind people. During her work, Mrs. Huang treats all the children like her own kids. “When they go home, the kids tell their parents about how their teachers are in class. After that, the parents will come and tell me that I am different from the other teachers. I love the children very much.” Mrs. Huang also shares a very good relationship with her colleagues. “I know how to go and do things voluntarily. When they need substitute teachers, the first person that they will want to find is me.”

When there is a chance, both Mr. and Mrs. Huang will clarify the truth about Falun Dafa to their friends and family. Mrs. Huang’s family’s younger members all know Mr. Huang as “Uncle Falun Dafa Uncle.” Once, a relative stayed at their house and felt sick. They asked her if she wanted to try the exercises. When she did the second exercise, she felt that the energy field was very strong. Through this affinity, she also obtained the Fa and even took news about Dafa back to her hometown in Malaysia. Her mother said, “The gift that this daughter brought back is the best gift.” Six friends and relatives subsequently started to cultivate in Dafa.

For many years, Mr. and Mrs. Huang have also played in the Tian Guo Marching Band. Rain or shine, they've marched in many Asian countries, performing pieces like “Falun Dafa Is Good” and bringing the goodness of Falun Dafa, the truth, and hope to the people of these countries.

Speaking about World Falun Dafa Day, both Mr. and Mrs. Huang had tears in their eyes. No words can express their gratitude to Master. Mr. Huang said, “Thank you, Master. I will treasure even more the time that I have to cultivate in this world!” Mrs. Huang said, “We wish Master a Happy Birthday! Thank you, Master, for giving us such a great Dafa!” 

Since May 13, 1992, Falun Dafa has spread for 29 years all over the world. The brilliant rays of the Buddha Fa bring light to the world, dissipate the storm clouds, and transform human hearts. Millions of cultivators have improved their character, elevated their moral standards, and witnessed the power of Dafa, which cleanses people’s bodies and minds and brings all that is good.

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