(Minghui.org) As we usher in the New Year, to express their utmost respect and gratitude to the founder of Falun Gong, Falun Dafa practitioners in various parts of New Zealand and Australia sent greeting messages to wish Master Happy New Year.
Everyone Benefits From Practicing Dafa
Alison from New Zealand works in real estate and was born in China at a time when there were strict birth control policies. When her mother was pregnant, her parents refused to abort her. Consequently her family was forced to leave home and move around to avoid persecution. “My mother often told me that Master was already looking out for me even before I was born, so that I could come to Earth safely to practice Falun Dafa.”
As a child, Alison practiced Falun Dafa with her mother. Many people around them witnessed her mother’s transformation into a healthy, happy person and were inspired to practice. Their home became a local practice site.
Now, Alison lives in New Zealand with her husband and children. The whole family participates in every Dafa activity. “We hope that kind people living in New Zealand can know the truth about the persecution of Falun Dafa,” she said.
Tanya Ostin, who lives on the North coast of Sydney, has been practicing Falun Dafa for 22 years. She thinks that it is predestined relationship that led her to walk on the path of an ancient cultivation way.
“I was born in China not far from Master Li’s hometown of Changchun. I was the only Westerner in school and I could speak Chinese fluently.”
“It was in the mid-1950s and there were still traditional storybooks in some libraries, and I grew up reading them.”
“After that, I searched for a true cultivation way. I learned Tai Chi, yoga, and other forms of qigong. However, I always felt something was missing. I kept searching until I found Falun Dafa.
“I got a copy of Zhuan Falun at a physical and spiritual expo in Sydney. When I began reading, I realized that I had found what I had been searching for.”
Now, Tanya, who is 75, leads a tranquil, healthy life. Every weekend, she goes to the practice site at Dee Why beach to introduce Falun Dafa and share her story.
Tanya put into practice the teachings of Falun Dafa in helping her daughter in her family life. Her daughter saw how amazing the practice was and supports her faith. She signed the petition to call for an end to the persecution and watched movies exposing the atrocities. “She even used her management skills to offer suggestions when I was preparing for the Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance Arts Exhibition. My grandchildren help me distribute Shen Yun fliers.”
“I sincerely thank Master for everything he has given me. No words can describe my gratitude. Being able to practice Falun Dafa is the greatest gift in my life. Thank you, Master!’
An Extraordinary Arrangement That Led to Learning Falun Dafa
Adrian Richardson from Queensland tried all kinds of qigong but never really kept up with any of them until he had two unusual dreams.
In the first dream, Adrian said, “There was a Chinese man in a Western suit. He said to me in Chinese (with captions like in the movies): ‘I want to take him as my disciple’ and then I woke up. (When I later began practicing, I realized the Chinese man was Master Li, when I saw a photo of him in Zhuan Falun). After the dream, I planned to save money, sell off all my belongings, and move to Tibet to find a qigong master to attain enlightenment.”
A year later, another dream helped Adrian find Falun Dafa and made his life more wonderful. He said, “I went home after work and went to bed. I was alone. In my dream, I saw my mother standing outside my bedroom door. She said, ‘Adrian, this is for you.’ She put a piece of paper on the table. When I woke up, I heard my mother arriving home in her car. I thought it was strange as I thought she was already home. In fact, she'd gone shopping straight after work and hadn't yet been home. Yet there was a flier on the table in my room where my mother left the piece of paper in my dreams. I was astounded.”
The flier was an introduction to Falun Dafa. “The first thought that came to mind after reading it was that this is what I had been searching for,” he said. "I started to practice Falun Dafa and thanked my mother for putting the flier on my table. But she told me she had never seen the flier before in her life. When I told her about my dream, she insisted that it was not her.” This made Adrian believe this was an extraordinary arrangement that led him to learn Dafa and practice cultivation.
Adrian said, “Although cultivation is not always smooth sailing, I am extremely grateful. Protected by Master, I feel that I found happiness at a most painful time in my life. I will work harder to repay Master for his compassion.”
Life Becomes More Meaningful after Practicing Falun Dafa
Hana Dinh from Brisbane is a graphics designer and had the wish to practice a Buddha way when she was still living in Vietnam. She was only 25 then. She said, “I told a friend my wish and she told me about Falun Dafa as well as the book Zhuan Falun. I thought the principles explained in the book were meaningful and it made me want to practice Falun Dafa.”
She only began to practice two years later, “In 2016, when I finished my Master’s degree, the thought of practicing Falun Dafa came to my mind again. I found a newspaper at work that had an advertisement about a practice site. It was only a five-minute walk. I contacted local practitioners and started to practice cultivation.
“The first time I read Zhuan Falun, I was deeply inspired by the many principles explained in the book. I kept reading. The book answered all the questions I had about life. Since I started practicing, the greatest change was my mindset and understanding of life. I knew how to let go of attachments through looking inward. This helped me find inner peace. I don’t get angry or upset as easily. I learned to consider other people’s feelings first and it makes me happy.”
Hana said that after she began practicing, her health improved, she is in good spirits and her life is more fulfilling. She realized the true purpose of life is to return to one’s origin. She hopes to tell other people how amazing Dafa is.
She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Master, ‘Thank you for offering salvation to us! I will continue to practice cultivation diligently and fulfill my vow for coming to Earth.”
Courtney Higgins, who lives in Perth, has been practicing Falun Dafa for three years. She said she has gained tremendously from the principles Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance that Falun Dafa teaches. She understood that she should be a more truthful, patient, and considerate person. Her family noticed her transformation after she began practicing. “I became calm and relaxed; I am more patient with coworkers; I am able to handle problems better.”
Courtney wants to tell Chinese readers, “The CCP has been spreading lies about Falun Dafa to vilify the practice all these years. In fact, Falun Dafa has brought many benefits to countless people. I hope Chinese people can truly understand Falun Dafa.”
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