(Minghui.org) The US Open Tennis finals were held on September 11 and 12, 2021. Falun Dafa practitioners took the opportunity to raise awareness of Falun Dafa by holding activities near the tennis center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Practitioners distributed flyers and taught interested onlookers the Falun Dafa exercises.
Many tourists were in Flushing for the US Open and many stopped to read information about the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa in China on the practitioners' poster boards. Some of them started to learn the exercises on the spot, and many expressed their support for the practitioners' efforts to end the persecution.
Charlie works at the Queens Museum. After hearing more about Falun Dafa and the persecution in China, he said: “The principles of Falun Dafa, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, are very good. In Western civilization, we often speak of compassion, but it is not as comprehensive as Falun Dafa’s principles, through which people can improve holistically. If mankind could abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, our moral values would improve and society would become better.”
Charlie said he wished to learn more about Falun Dafa.
Steven Szalowski, a social worker, said he agrees with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He said that if everyone would abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the world would be a better place. Mr. Szalowski said he supported the practitioners' efforts to resist the persecution.
Fausto B, who tried the Falun Dafa exercises for the first time, said, “I’d seen an introduction to Falun Dafa. I knew it was good, but I’d never personally experienced it.
“After learning to practice the exercises today, I feel that they are great. I was feeling very anxious, and my anxiety disappeared and I was able to calm down. I feel like the exercises can also eliminate many negative things and my body feels light.”
A practitioner told him he could go to Falundafa.org to access free materials, such as the exercise instruction videos and the main book of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun. Fausto was happy to hear that.
Peker Chien, who works in a library, listened to a practitioner talk about Falun Dafa and how the practice has been persecuted in China for 22 years. Mr. Chien said Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are part of traditional Chinese culture and there is nothing wrong with them, that the Chinese Communist Party is wrong for persecuting Falun Dafa and the persecution should be stopped immediately.
He told the practitioner, “I feel close to Chinese culture since my grandfather was Chinese.”