(Minghui.org) May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day. It is also Falun Dafa’s founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi’s 70th birthday. Every year, Falun Dafa practitioners throughout the World celebrate this joyous event in different ways. The political figures from different countries will also give awards and congratulatory letters to the Falun Dafa Association, and its founder, Mr. Li.
On May 9, 2021, Los Angeles Falun Dafa practitioners gathered at the California Orange County’s Mile Square Regional Park to do the exercises, and celebrate the 29th anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa to the world, wishing Master Li Hongzhi a happy 70th birthday.
Practitioners in Los Angeles wish Master a happy birthday at Mile Square Regional Park in Orange County.
On the morning of May 9, 2021, the air in Orange County’s Mile Square Regional Park is fresh, and the scenery is beautiful. The Los Angeles practitioners gather on the green grassland, putting their palms together and say, “Los Angeles Dafa practitioners wish Master a Happy Birthday! Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good!” On that day, among the practitioners who participated in the event are people who came from different ethnic groups, elites from different fields of occupations, and also young practitioners.
Hau Nguyen, who is studying at the California State University, said that what he is most proud of is being able to say: “I am a Dafa practitioner.” He thanks Master and holds gratitude in his heart.
Hau Nguyen, who came from Vietnam, is currently in his fourth year at California State University, Long Beach, majoring in film and electronic arts. At only 22 years old, Hau Nguyen is already working as a part-time film producer at a company, and he attributed all these achievements to his cultivation in Falun Dafa.
Hau Nguyen said that when younger he was just like any other young person, feeling very puzzled and lost in life. “My father drinks excessively,” he said, “while my mother is very busy. So there was no one that I could rely on. However, I knew that I wanted to become a good person. I hoped that someone could offer me some guidance.”
He searched through religion, but he still could not find an answer that would satisfy his quest. During a holiday five years ago when he returned to Vietnam from England, Hau Nguyen found out that his mother was cultivating in Falun Dafa. “At that time, my mother said to me, 'You try this, you may like it.'”
Hau Nguyen remembered very clearly that on the night before he came to the United States for his studies, his mother gave him the Falun Dafa book, Zhuan Falun. “After coming to the United States, I started to read Zhuan Falun. At that time, I immediately understood that this is what I have been searching for. Although the words that were used in Zhuan Falun are very easy to understand, they spoke of the laws of true cultivation, something new to me. I knew that the laws that are being mentioned in this book are all true laws, thus I wanted to cultivate in Falun Dafa.”
Five years have passed, he said, “As my cultivation deepens, and the more I cultivate, the more calmness is in my heart. The more I cultivate it makes my heart’s capacity grows broader, and the more kind thoughts I have. Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are the cultivation principles of Falun Dafa, therefore I learned that I need to be a kind person. I need to think of others first.”
Falun Dafa also brought great changes to Hau Nguyen’s life. He said, “I am very young now. People of my age are usually worried about their future direction in life. However, to me, I am not worried because I know that my life has a guiding standard that is based on moral integrity. At the same time, I am in a situation now which I had never imagined myself to be in the past. I am an all-around performing student, and I also have a very good job. So I am very lucky.”
He continued, “We come here to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. At the same time, it is also Master’s 70th birthday. I would like to express my greatest gratitude to Master. Actually, it is not just towards cultivating people, I believe that Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are universal values so everyone can benefit from them.”
Finally, Hau Nguyen said that what he is most proud of is to say, “I am a Falun Dafa practitioner.”
Jennifer, who is studying at California State University, said, “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” principles are like the navigation lights of life.
“Since I was three years old, I have been cultivating in Falun Dafa with my parents. I am very grateful to be born into a family that cultivates in Falun Dafa. Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are universal values, just like navigation lights, they have a very big effect on my life. When I meet with difficulties or troubles, these principles can always help me maintain a peaceful attitude, and not be scared.”
Jennifer is 21 years old this year. She is currently studying at California State University majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies and has been practicing Falun Dafa ever since she was young. She can view all sorts of negative attractions in society with a correct attitude and not lose her direction in life. With regard to her studies, her parents do not have anything to worry about.
She continued, “Some classmates may not be in a very good psychological state due to societal or family problems. These classmates may try to do things that students should not be doing. However, as a Falun Dafa practitioner, I will set my own goals, abide by the universal values, Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance in whatever I do, and strive to do well in my studies. I feel that these are the things that I should do.”
Since obtaining the Fa, Jennifer said that she was immersed in a cultivation environment. “Therefore, I am very thankful to Master for giving me this opportunity to cultivate in Dafa. I thank Master for his benevolent salvation. I wish Master a happy birthday. As his disciple, I will continue to persevere in cultivating by abiding by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; and let more people know about the truth and goodness about Falun Dafa.”
Studying at the University of California, in Los Angeles, Alice expressed her gratitude to Master for giving her the chance to return back to her original true self.
Alice, who is 22 years old this year, is currently studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a 4th year student, Alice majors in history and minors in education. Alice said that as she cultivated together with her father when she was young, the seeds of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance” were already planted in her heart.
However, after entering high school in the United States, in the process of adapting to the life, culture, and language in the United States, and to face the intense pressure of high school life, Alice left the cultivation environment.
“During high school,” she said, “I was always under tremendous pressure from my studies and my family. The pressure from all directions made me feel very stressed in terms of my mood, my spirits, and my attitude. When I was not cultivating, I fell into a state with which I am not very satisfied with. I had many bad attachments, such as wanting to pursue fame and benefits, and pursuits brought great harm to me.”
She continued, “After entering university, I very much wanted to return back to cultivating, because cultivation makes my heart very peaceful, It helps me give up the things that have been bringing me pain and hardship. After coming to the university, I could relax and discover that there are many aspects with which I did not do well in my past.”
After returning back on the path of cultivation, Alice felt very relaxed, her relationship with her classmates became harmonious, and her academic results also improved greatly. “My self-discipline is relatively stronger as compared to people of my age.”
When her classmates gather together to play computer games or drink, Alice chose to spend more time on her studies, study the Fa, and do the exercises.
Lastly, Alice said, "I am especially thankful to benevolent great Master for giving me this chance to return back to my original true self, to really become a good person and be a person who lives by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. I wish Master a happy birthday!”
As Falun Dafa Day approaches, entrepreneur, Sam Kwon, expressed his gratitude to Master.
Entrepreneur, Mr. Sam Kwon, is a relatively new Falun Dafa practitioner who started to practice two years ago. “My wife has already cultivated Falun Dafa for five years,” he said. She became very sincere, so I decided to cultivate Falun Dafa, too. Actually, since I was young, I have also been searching for a cultivation way. I have even been to churches and temples but I did not find what I was looking for.”
After cultivating, Mr. Kwon said, “Dafa changed my life. My xinxing has elevated. I persevere in my belief in Dafa and Master. I used to work in a chain supermarket for 12 years as vice president. After that, I started my own business, and it has been 10 years now. When I am working, as I study the Fa and practice the exercises every day, I feel that I am full of energy. I do not get tired and I am always very happy.”
On top of that, the illnesses such as neck ache, knee joint ache, and so on, that Mr. Kwon used to suffer from before he cultivated all disappeared. “I am now very healthy and my body feels so light.”
As World Falun Dafa Day is approaching, Mr. Kwon said, “Thank you, Master! I am really thankful to Master.”