(Minghui.org) Chinese New Year falls on February 1 this year. To usher in the New Year, around 1,000 Falun Dafa practitioners from Taipei and New Taipei districts gathered at Liberty Square in Taipei on January 16, 2022, to send greetings to the founder of the practice, Mr. Li Hongzhi. They put their hands together in heshi, a gesture of respect, and said in chorus: “Happy New Year, Master!” 

Around 1000 practitioners gathered to send New Year greetings to the founder of Falun Dafa.

Practitioners then demonstrated the peaceful Falun Dafa exercises.

Practitioners demonstrating the exercises at Liberty Square.

Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a high-level cultivation practice from the Buddha school and is guided by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. After it was introduced to the public in China in May 1992 by its founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, it is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. The experiences of hundreds of millions of followers have shown that Falun Dafa can bring practitioners to high levels. At the same time, the positive effects it has is incalculable in bringing about a stable society, and improving people’s health and moral character. 

Deciding to Practice after Being Moved by Practitioners’ Selfless Demeanor

Wu Huiling holds an International Management Master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University in England. She said she decided to practice Falun Dafa after seeing the upright character and demeanor of practitioners.

Wu Huiling saw how practicing Falun Dafa had a positive impact on people. This led her to take up the practice.

Wu Huiling got to know many classmates from China while studying for her Master’s degree in the UK. In early 1999, her classmate Mei told her about Falun Dafa. Six months later, Mei wrote an article on her cultivation experiences as practitioners in the UK prepared to hold a conference. Mei borrowed Huiling’s computer. As she did not know how to input Taiwanese Chinese, she asked Huiling to help her type out her report. In the process, Huiling asked Mei what she was writing and it helped her gain a basic understanding of the practice. Huiling attended the experience sharing conference and while listening to practitioners, she thought, “These people have a strong conviction in their belief.”

Mei gave Huiling the main book of Dafa’s teachings, Zhuan Falun and she thought it was well written. She learned the exercises but hesitated to take up Falun Dafa. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) had begun to persecute practitioners in China in July 1999. Invited by Mei, Huiling went with practitioners to the Chinese consulate in London to participate in a peaceful protest. Afterward, practitioners exchanged their understandings about the persecution.

Huiling was speechless! It was the first time she saw people from China sincerely reflect on their shortcomings and apologize for not behaving kindly. From this she knew Zhuan Falun must be an extraordinary book. It turned people with selfish, unreasonable habits into people with noble character who were gentle, honest, sincere and humble. It helped her see through the lies spread by the CCP. Whenever Huiling recalls the incident, she is still moved to tears, “This is such an admirable group of people! I, too want to become a person like that.” She decided to practice Falun Dafa.

While wishing Master Li a Happy New Year, Huiling calls on people especially Chinese people to seize the opportunity to learn the truth about Falun Dafa and make the right choice for their future.

University Lecturer Improves in All Areas

Wang Zhongyu is a civil engineering professor at the National Central University. He learned martial arts when he was a university student and always had a keen interest in cultivation and qigong. At the end of 2005, while working at the University of Texas in the U.S., Wang read Zhuan Falun after the department secretary introduced the book to him. Eager to learn more, he bought the other Dafa books and began practicing.

Wang said the teachings of Falun Dafa inspired him in his academic research, “The principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are reflected in my academic research. I am better able to grasp the basic principles of things and often come up with creative ways to resolve complicated engineering problems.”

He used to suffer often from colds, fever, sore throat, and other physical discomforts such as aches and pains. He frequently went to the hospital. After he began practicing, he seldom catches a cold and if he occasionally has one it quickly goes away. His immunity has improved. He has more energy and looks younger than his age. Wang said cultivation helped him understand the purpose of life. He learned to handle relationships with others better and is content with what he has. He conscientiously finishes his research work and does not pursue fame or gain. He also learned to treat people with kindness.

With tears in his eyes, Wang thanks Master Li for offering him salvation and is determined not to tarnish the title of a Dafa disciple and to assist Master in Fa rectification.

No Longer Worried About My Health

Ms. Li Xiaokun, a TV show host first read Zhuan Falun in 1996 when she was living in China. However, she did not understand the profound principles in the book and thought it simply taught one to be a better person. After she married, she moved to Taiwan and tried to look for a practice site but did not find any. She gave up the idea of practicing cultivation. Years later, her father started to practice Falun Dafa after a friend told him about it.

Li Xiaokun’s anxiety about uncertainties in life and health went away after she began practicing Falun Dafa.

In 2004, Xiaokun observed that even though she paid attention to her health, she was worried about getting ill. She decided to look for a form of exercise to maintain her health and fitness. “My father shared with me the difference between qigong and regular exercises. He encouraged me to take up Falun Dafa,” she said. “Our family observed that my father’s energy levels and physical stamina improved after he practiced Falun Dafa so we were supportive of his practice. I decided to give it a try.”

She said that after practicing cultivation, she understood the principles of life and the universe. Her anxiety about getting ill and her uncertainties in life vanished. She became more forgiving. “I now look at many things in a different light. Small things no longer upset me and I feel more at peace.”

“Thank you, Master, for introducing Falun Dafa!” Xiaokun said.

My Entire Family Practices Falun Dafa

Zheng Jingwen is a sports teacher at Chang Gung University. His relative gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun and after reading it, influenced by the guiding principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, he changed the way he handled things. Yet he did not think of practicing cultivation. Students in his university started a Falun Dafa club in 2012. Jingwen was a mentor for the club and after sharing understandings on the teachings with his students, he became a practitioner.

Zheng Jingwen, a sports teacher at Chang Gung University.

As a sports teacher, Jingwen inevitably suffer from injuries and back pains were a constant problem. After he began practicing Dafa, his back pains and irregular heartbeats improved. His temperament was better too. He said, “I learned to look at things from the other party’s perspective and consequently conflicts at home or at work are easily resolved.” His wife and two daughters now also practice Falun Dafa.

Young Couple Encourage Each Other to Improve in Cultivation

Chen Yiyuan and Yunru are a young couple who both work in the media. They have two sons. Yunru said, “I have to work, raise children and take care of the family as well as my mother-in-law. It is not easy. Most people look externally for ways to resolve issues. But the teachings of Dafa tell us we must look within. The only way out is to change ourselves.” She said she began to practice Dafa with her mother when she was in middle school and has been practicing for two decades. She has had the guidance of Dafa as she went through the different stages of life such as pressures of studies, work, marriage and raising children. She is grateful for her belief.

Yiyuan,Yunru and their two sons wish Master Li a Happy Lunar New Year!

Yiyuan said he found direction in life after practicing Falun Dafa. His mind is able to quiet down. He often had intense arguments with his wife. He said following the principles taught by Master made all the difference, “As long as we act according to the teachings of Dafa, everything can be resolved. We have to think of others and let go of our attachments.”

The couple also uses the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance in educating their children. Yiyuan said, “They understand the principles because they are connected to their innate nature. Practicing Dafa has helped me be calm and now my sons quietly listen to me.”

It’s Wonderful to Practice Falun Dafa

Zhou Guoming who works in food manufacturing started to practice Falun Dafa in 2011. He said practitioners in Hsinchu City invited him to give it a try many times but he turned them down as he was too busy with his work. Until one day he felt his heart stop for a second while moving goods, he started to pay attention to the warnings from his body. He decided to try practicing Falun Dafa.

Zhou Guoming said his family relationships improved after he and his wife Yu Mei began to practice Falun Dafa.

“After practicing for three months, my body changed tremendously. I slept well and felt much better.” Guoming said he looked fit but the truth is he was weak. “I had a severe back injury and my digestion was not good. I often felt cold right to my bones but after doing the exercises, I was no longer cold.”

When asked about the positive changes he experienced after practicing Dafa, his wife Yu Mei said Guoming always made sure everyone listened to him. Now he listens to others’ opinions and it’s easier to communicate with him. Witnessing his transformation, his family members also began to practice Dafa. Guoming said, “Master said one must be kind and get rid of their bad temper. After studying the teachings I became aware that losing your temper is giving away my virtue. I slowly changed and try to follow what Master said.”

“Not only my family, but my relationship with my sister-in-law used to be tense and we often argued. After practicing cultivation, my family of four got along well. Not only that, relationships with relatives improved as well. It is wonderful to practice Falun Dafa!”

“I personally benefited from practicing Falun Dafa, yet the CCP fabricated lies to demonize Dafa and persecute practitioners. People still don’t realize the truth. As practitioners we should speak out and tell people how wonderful Dafa is. This is the very least we can do.”

Background: What is Falun Dafa?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and learned the five gentle exercises, have experienced uplifted health and well-being.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline's growing popularity as a threat to the CCP's atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.

There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.

Under Jiang's personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.