(Minghui.org) Originally from Vietnam, Hanh owns two Vietnamese restaurants in Mannheim, Germany. While searching for music online, she came across an informational video about the Chinese regime’s forced live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience. She began doing some research and learned about Falun Dafa, a peaceful mind-body cultivation practice that has been persecution by the Chinese government since 1999. Since then, Hanh began practicing Falun Dafa and embarked on her cultivation journey.

Practitioners hold a parade in Frankfurt, Germany on August 7, 2021.

Hanh, a Falun Dafa practitioner originally from Vietnam.

Hanh participates in the waist drum performances. 

Illnesses Miraculously Disappear

Hanh recalled, “I was searching for some music on the Internet ten years ago when I came across a Vietnamese informational video about forced live organ harvesting which targets Falun Dafa practitioners in China. I was in disbelief and could not understand why it was happening.” Hanh’s husband is Chinese-Vietnamese and the issue of forced live organ harvesting became a hot topic in their household. She had many questions and began researching Falun Dafa. 

She learned that Falun Dafa was first introduced in China by Master Li Hongzhi in 1992, and the book Zhuan Falun is the main teaching. “I had no knowledge of cultivation or qigong, but after reading the introduction, I felt drawn to it. When I began reading Zhuan Falun I stayed up until 3 a.m. When I returned from work, I continued reading Zhuan Falun. It took me 3 days to finish reading the book.”

Hanh learned that Falun Dafa can benefit one’s health as she read about how the practice cured a practitioner of his intestinal illness. “I had pains in my arms at that time and tried several different treatments such as electrical massage therapy and acupuncture. However, nothing seemed to work so I started to tell myself: Why don’t I try this practice? It is free of charge and I might as well give it a try. Although I still had some doubts, I decided to learn the five sets of exercises through Master Li’s (the founder of Falun Dafa) teaching videos. 

“A few days after I began practicing the exercises I felt that my arms were full of energy as if they had been electrically charged. I also felt something rotating in my lower abdominal area. I was worried and asked my husband if there was something wrong with my stomach," Hanh recalled. “While driving the car one day, I said to myself: ‘Master, I have been practicing Dafa for ten days, why do I still feel a pain in my arms?’” Nonetheless, Hanh did not give up and continued doing the exercises every day, and the pain in her arms eventually disappeared. 

The Joys of Upgrading One’s Character

Hanh’s relationship with her employees changed for the better, and she was very happy. She was very demanding in the past and was always easily agitated, frustrated and impatient. “I would get agitated when I saw a mess in my house. I would reprimand my husband for not placing things in the right spot. After studying the Fa more, I learned not to worry about petty things. I helped my husband put away his belongings whenever he misplaced them.” Her husband began to show more concern for her and also helped her do household chores after seeing her changes. 

In the past, Hanh always insisted that her son excel academically. She has learned to respect his decisions and reason with him, and he now attends college. 

“I used to always rush my employees whenever there is a shortage of staff. After I began practicing Falun Dafa, I learned to be more patient and sympathetic to how hardworking they are.”

Hanh and her husband have been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years. Their business thrived after Hanh began practicing Falun Dafa. They worked tirelessly before the CCP virus (coronavirus) and were even robbed once. When the pandemic spread and the global economy was severely affected last year, not only did their business remain unaffected, they also managed to open a second restaurant near the central train station in Mannheim. With Vietnamese-style wooden chairs and tables, her restaurant always feels very warm and welcoming. There are also various neatly arranged brochures introducing Falun Dafa on the bright windowsill, as well as petitions to help end the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa. 

Family Blessed for Supporting Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance

Hanh  said her son’s asthma and allergies miraculously disappeared. It was very hard for him to walk over 100 meters in the past and she always carried medications and an inhaler in her bag to treat his asthma. Not long after Hanh began practicing Falun Dafa, and she and her family watched Shen Yun performances in Germany two years in a row, her son’s asthma miraculously disappeared. 

Her husband has witnessed Dafa’s wonders and miracles and became supportive. He told his friends about Hanh’s and his son’s experiences. 

Participating in the Waist-Drum Team

“I learned of many different methods to clarify the truth after attending the 2017 New York Fa Conference,” said Hanh. She asked herself what she could do to help. “I had one wish—that was to participate in the waist-drum team.”

Hanh said that although she is not of Chinese ethnicity, she was still very interested Chinese culture and traditions. She is now able to read Zhuan Falun in Chinese. She said, “I learned that waist-drumming is an ethnic and a folk dance method. It emits something powerful and beautiful. Falun Dafa’s waist-drum team is filled with the energy of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. Not only is the drumming melodious and uplifting, it also portrays Chinese traditional values and emits positive and pure energy.

“Waist-drumming isn’t as easy as it seems and was harder than I thought. I met with many obstacles when I first began practicing,” Hanh shared. She and other waist drum team members would meet at the Grüneburgpark to practice their drum beats and attend a group exercise session every Sunday morning. “Two senior team members helped and encouraged me a lot. My drumming skills have improved dramatically.”

Hanh feels that it is very meaningful to participate in the waist-drum performances, as the performances attract many people, and raise awareness about the ongoing persecution and forced live organ harvesting of Falun Dafa practitioners in China. Dressed in the team’s bright yellow outfit, Hanh said she is filled with positive energy and happiness. She said she feels like she is walking on a golden, beaming path up to the heavens while spreading the truth to people. 

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation