(Minghui.org) On the occasion of Chinese New Year, Falun Dafa practitioners throughout China wish Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, a Happy New Year. Despite ongoing persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the past 23 years, practitioners remain determined in the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In addition, they tell people the facts about Dafa, clear up the CCP's defamatory propaganda, and help their fellow citizens find hope for a better future. 

Learning the Facts

A practitioner in Bei’an City, Heilongjiang Province, said that he cherishes the opportunity to practice Falun Dafa. “Over the past 20-plus years, I could feel Master’s compassion and the power of aligning with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” he wrote. Besides studying Dafa’s teachings, doing the Falun Dafa exercises, and looking within to improve himself, he also talks to people about Falun Dafa to clear up their misconceptions. 

“Because the CCP has spread lots of lies to slander Falun Dafa, we have taken every opportunity to clarify the truth to people,” he explained. “From distributing flyers, to face-to-face conversations, we have been doing this for the past 20-plus years, regardless of the blazing sun of summer, the freezing winter, or the pandemic.”

Being Considerate of Others

A group of six practitioners in Hebei Province are grateful for the benefits of Falun Dafa. “We study the teachings together and try to apply them to our daily life,” they wrote in their greetings. “Every day we go out to hand out pamphlets and talk with people. It is important for people to recognize the vicious nature of the CCP and reject the regime, so that they can find health and safety in this era of uncertainty.” 

When encountering issues during this process, practitioners try to look inward to improve themselves. “We have identified the attachment of fear and tried to be compassionate as practitioners are supposed to be,” they said. “No matter whether it is conflicts with family members or other practitioners, or physical discomfort, they are all opportunities for us to identify areas where we can do better.” These practitioners said they would remain diligent in their quest towards selflessness. 

Poem: Path of Dafa Practitioners

Practitioners from western Guizhou Province contributed a poem:

With compassion inspired by Dafa, we are spreading the message of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance;From village alleys to city streets,we hand out materials no matter rain or shine. 

Planting seeds of compassion in the heart, we are sowing hope for a better future;Fulfilling our vows as Dafa disciples,we assist Master with saving people. 

From Hostility to Kindness

A group of practitioners in Dongguang County, Hebei Province, said they have been going out to help people learn what Falun Dafa is for the past 7 years. “For us, Falun Dafa and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are truly righteous. It is our responsibility to tell people what is really going on,” they wrote in their greeting. 

Influenced by the CCP’s hate propaganda, however, many people have been brainwashed and have been hostile toward practitioners. They have sworn at, beaten, and reported practitioners to the authorities. “As we continue to clarify the facts and clear out the lies, however, people have become receptive. Upon hearing how the CCP made up lies to defame Falun Dafa, many became supportive and even admired practitioners for their courage,” the practitioners added. 

This has all been possible because practitioners are innocent in the first place and they are only trying to improve themselves to be good citizens. “We are very thankful for Master’s support and care along the way,” they concluded.

85-Year-Old Woman and Her Family of Eleven

Another greeting came from Hong, a practitioner in Zigong City, Sichuan Province, and her family of 11. Hong, 85, started to practice in 1997. After witnessing Hong's physical improvement and moral elevation, her entire family has been supportive.

In spite of her advanced age, Hong goes out regularly to help local residents know Falun Dafa. “I often go out in the morning and talk with people to help them quit the CCP organizations, while in the afternoon, I stay at home studying Falun Dafa’s teachings and memorize Hong Yin, a collection of Master Li’s poems,” she said.

Although she lives on the fourth floor with no elevator, Hong reports that she can go up and down the stairs with ease. “Some people said I have more energy than a young person,” she explained, “but I know that all of this comes from Falun Dafa.” That is why she often goes to the farmer’s market to talk to people about Falun Dafa and how the CCP has been harming innocent people including Falun Gong practitioners. “Every day before returning home, I buy some groceries and fruits, so that the meal will be ready before my children and grandchildren come home,” she added. 

Hong said that her life is productive and happy. Most importantly, she is pleased to see many people awakened by the truth, supporting innocent Falun Dafa practitioners, and severing ties with the CCP. “Thank you, Master Li for everything, and Happy Chinese New Year!” she wrote.