(Minghui.org) The Taiwan Falun Dafa Association held a grand character formation event at Liberty Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall on May 1, 2021, to celebrate May 13, 2021, World Falun Dafa Day. The day coincides with the founder, Master Li Hongzhi’s 70th birthday. The event is a testament to the popularity and beauty of Falun Dafa. Practitioners continually strive to become better people under the guidance of Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. 

More than 5,200 Falun Dafa practitioners formed giant characters. 

Over 5,200 Falun Dafa practitioners from different parts of Taiwan quietly entered the plaza and sat in their assigned areas. Forming the giant characters: “Wish Master a Happy Birthday” and “Happy 29th Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Public Introduction” which took almost two hours to complete. Several passersby who saw the scene took out their mobile phones to take photos and record this grand and special moment in time.

More than 5,200 practitioners practice the Falun Dafa exercises after the character-forming event.

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), was introduced to the world in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. This year is the 29thanniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction. Falun Dafa teaches practitioners to cultivate their character by abiding by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance to become better people. On this special day, practitioners wished Master a Happy 70th Birthday with their hearts full of gratitude.

Teacher: The Event Is Symbolic and Meaningful

History teacher Darby Sinclair stopped to admire the scene. She thinks the event held at Liberty Square is very symbolic and meaningful.

Darby’s husband, David Sinclair, works in education. On the day of the event, the couple was heading to the National Concert Hall when they passed by Liberty Square. They said they were mesmerized by the grand scene of thousands of Falun Dafa practitioners practicing the exercises together. David said, “This is really stunning and so peaceful! You can really feel the very strong unity here.”

An Engineer from Vietnam: “My Wife is a Better Person Now”

Vietnamese computer engineer, Ruan Chun Xiang, accompanied his practitioner wife to Liberty Square. Mr. Ruan said that his wife has practiced Falun Dafa for over a year and he’s observed her positive changes, “She no longer gets angry. She was already a very good person but now she is even better.” Mr. Ruan gently said that he loves his wife even more now.

Computer engineer Ruan Chun Xiang said he’s observed his wife’s positive changes after she began practicing Falun Dafa.

Mr. Ruan said that not only has his wife’s temperament improved, so has her health. “She had problems with her legs. She needed to take medication and saw the doctor regularly. However, even though she only practiced for one year, her legs are fine now. She doesn’t need to visit the doctor anymore.” Mr. Ruan said that Falun Dafa is very good.

“Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance Are Worthy of High Praise”

Mr. Chen stood outside the National Concert Hall and watched the character formation for a very long time. He said, “The tranquil atmosphere here is really great!” He said he’s seen Falun Dafa practitioners at local tourist attractions, but this was the first time he saw such a large-scale group practice. Mr. Chen said, “The situation in the world now is so chaotic and disturbing. It is really great to be able to quiet oneself down and focus one’s mind.” He said that Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are worthy of high praise.

Sisters Express Gratitude to Master 

From her youthful appearance, no one would guess that Ms. Wang Yin Jie is thirty-five years old. She first heard about Falun Dafa when she was 16 years old. As a teenager, she felt that cultivating and disciplining herself was too difficult. So, even though she knew Falun Dafa was good, she did not really begin cultivating. Three years ago, Yin Jie felt the conflicts at her job exhausted her. Her mood constantly fluctuated. Then, she suddenly understood: “What people get in life is predestined. I don’t want to fight for fame and benefits. I realized that Falun Dafa was a true treasure! If we follow the principles we can elevate beyond the secular world’s hardships.” Yin Jie decided to resume practicing Falun Dafa.

Yin Jie said that Falun Dafa emphasizes looking inward. She said, “Before I began practicing, I always pushed the blame to others instead of acknowledging that it was my fault. Now, I accept responsibility and I’ve benefited a lot from cultivating myself.”

This change in Yin Jie helped her see the true purpose of life. She said, “When one’s state of mind is elevated, then issues at work such as colleagues cheating each other to get promoted... I was able to take them lightly. Now, I compare these issues with Dafa’s principles and I can see people’s positive sides. I no longer care if someone wants something that I’ve worked hard for. When our colleagues see this, they will respect us. They’re amazed and wonder: ‘How are you able to be so calm and take it so lightly? How did you manage to achieve that?’ In the end, they were all in admiration.”

Wang Yin Jie especially wants to tell Master Li, “Thank you Master for introducing Falun Dafa to the world and letting everyone have a chance to cultivate, especially my family members. My father changed from a self-centered and bad-tempered person to a person who gets along well with his family. No words can describe my gratitude to Master.”

Wang Yi Qiao (right) and her sister Wang Yin Jie (left) 

Her older sister, Wang Yi Qiao, is an engineer. Yi Qiao said she is very thankful to Master Li Hongzhi for introducing Falun Dafa to the world. “After I started practicing my life changed a lot. I had a very strong character and easily got into arguments with others. It is only after cultivating myself that the inner me who truly wants to be good and kind emerged.” Yi Qiao said that she can really feel the change in herself after she started to practice, “We want to express our thanks to Master who showed us how to change for the better. I express my heartfelt thanks to Master.”

Government Agency Chief Lets Go of Attachment to Self-interest

Chen Ya Fang brought her son and daughter to join in the character-forming event. She also took the opportunity to express her heartfelt thanks to Master Li. Ms. Chen said, “After I started practicing Falun Dafa, my biggest change is that I no longer focus on my losses and gains. No matter what kind of conflicts take place between me and my colleagues at work or between me and my family members, I remind myself to let go of it quickly and look within. In the past, I had a very bad temper. I often scolded the children and behaved in an overbearing manner towards my husband. My family members all witnessed the elevation in my character after I began practicing. Now my family is much more harmonious. I am really glad to be able to be here with both my children to join in the character-forming event.”

Chen Ya Fang and her son and daughter participated in the character-forming event, and wish Master a Happy Birthday.

Ms. Chen, who is a chief in a government agency, is often very busy doing her job well and taking care of her children’s education and her family. Cultivating in Falun Dafa made her understand how to handle “gains and losses.” Now when a situation does not go as planned, she can quickly adjust. Ms. Chen said that when she stopped focusing on the negative, her environment became much more peaceful. She said, “I understood how to look within and remind myself that I do not need to be overbearing or fight about who is right or wrong. Even if I am correct, I should not care so much about who won the fight. Taking a step back and compromising might make it much easier for the conflict to be resolved. After starting to cultivate, I understood that cultivators should look within to see where we have gone wrong. There must be something that we’ve done wrong. When I followed Master’s Fa principles, everything became smooth sailing. 

“My children often remind me if my actions don’t abide by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. We remind each other. In this way, the whole family benefits greatly.”

Ms. Chen’s daughter, who is currently preparing for the admission exams to become a teacher, also started to practice Falun Dafa. Her daughter said, “Since I’ve begun preparing for the exam, I’m more moody. However, through studying the Fa and practicing the exercises every day, I am able to see my future direction more clearly. I know what kind of correct thoughts and concepts I should bring to students and I hope that I can also abide by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance when I teach.”

Engineer: “Through Letting Go of Attachments to Reputation and Benefits I Found the True Meaning of Life”

“Dafa brought me a healthy body!” Lin Yixin exclaimed. She explained that she worked as a computer engineer in an airline company. Due to her work-related stress, Ms. Lin often suffers from insomnia. Her body and mind were exhausted. Symptoms of illnesses such as a lump gradually started to appear. “A colleague told me, ‘People have illnesses because of their karma.’ She suggested I read the book Zhuan Falun. I immediately went to a bookshop to get a copy. I also followed the video lessons and learned to do the exercises myself. From 2003, apart from repairing my teeth and giving birth to my child, I’ve never been hospitalized.”

Lin Yixin

Ms. Lin said that she suffered from insomnia because of her attachment to reputation and benefits, “I wanted to fight for a good post and I wanted to perform well in front of my boss—so I always competed and fought with others. After I began practicing, I understood that fame and benefits are things that you cannot bring along with you when you die. Only through cultivation can one really return back to one’s true self. With the guidance of the Fa’s principles not only am I able to do my job well, I also know that the purpose of coming to earth is to cultivate out of our attachments, so there is nothing for me to fight for. I really cherish this opportunity.”

With a heart full of gratitude, Ms. Lin said, “Thank you, Master, for benevolently saving us! The pandemic is so serious now that only Taiwan can hold such large-scale events. I really cherish this annual grand event and I remind myself that I must make good use of the available time to cultivate myself well and clarify the truth to more people.”

Police Officer: My Mind Is Now Tranquil

Police officer Xu Zhe Ming is a new practitioner. After seeing the positive physical and mental changes in his colleague after he began practicing Falun Dafa, Officer Xu decide to practice. He said, “I like it. It’s easier for my heart to calm down. My thoughts are tranquil and I am able to do things more steadily.” 

Police officer Xu Zhe Ming recently began practicing Falun Dafa

Mr. Xu said that due to the nature of his job, it’s easy to lose his temper. However, after he started practicing, he’s calm and his thoughts are tranquil. He does not easily lose his temper. “Dafa’s teachings can really guide people. Furthermore, practitioners do not collect gifts or fees. This is what attracted my attention. The Chinese Communist Party is persecuting Falun Dafa, and spreading propaganda to defame it. But in a democratic society, everyone has a right to have access to, learn and practice their own beliefs.”

Jiang Hui Huang said his wish was fulfilled when he found Falun Dafa.

Even though Mr. Jiang Hui Huang is over 70 years old, his skin is smooth and his voice is loud and firm. He explained that he had always searched for a cultivation practice. In 2003, he found Falun Dafa, and his wish was fulfilled. 

Learning to Place Others First

Wang Xiang Lan works in the medical field. After she began practicing more than a year ago, Ms. Wang has felt obvious changes in her mind and body. Ms. Wang said, “Perhaps because of my job, I have a rather anxious personality. I usually act before explaining. After I began practicing, I remind myself that Master’ teaches us to think of others no matter what we do. This gave me a sense of stability and calm and I realized that there are actually many things that can be slowed down. Now, I learned how to adjust my mentality so that I’m not so impatient.”

Wang Xiang Lan

Due to her hectic work schedule, Ms. Wang began to have health issues. A colleague recommended Falun Dafa. Although she had doubts, she was willing to try it. She’s convinced that Falun Dafa is great. Ms. Wang said, “At work, we are continuously scheduled to 3 shift sessions, and my body deteriorated. Now, I can walk 30 to 40 thousand steps a day without feeling tired. After I do the exercises and read the Fa, I feel very energetic and I’m no longer tired.”

“According to science, we do not believe in anything that we cannot touch or see. After I began practicing, through my own experiences and changes in my behavior, I’m now able to look at things from other peoples’ perspectives,” Ms. Wang said.

“My family and friends all know that I practice Falun Dafa. Due to the changes that they see in me, including the improvement in my attitude, they are all very supportive of my cultivation. I feel that Falun Dafa is really good!”

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Category: Dafa Day Celebrations