(Minghui.org) This May 13 is the 30th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s introduction to the world. In Hong Kong, practitioners continue to practice the exercises in parks and distribute truth-clarifying weekly publications to expose the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. They wish to bring the goodness of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance to everyone.
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Happy Memories of Attending the Lectures in Guangzhou
Ms. Zeng, who is in her 30s, practices the exercises at Tseun Wan Tak Wah Park. She began practicing Falun Dafa when she was a child. She said that when she was young, she suffered from serious asthma, and her parents frequently took her to hospitals. Her parents searched everywhere hoping for a cure and they finally found Falun Dafa, “After cultivating, my mind and body felt like they were reborn, and I became very healthy.”
Ms. Zeng says she feels fortunate to have attended Master Li Hongzhi’s third round of lecture classes given in Guangzhou in 1994. She was only seven years old but still vividly remembers Master, “I remember that Master was very amiable. Apart from giving lectures and teaching the exercises, after the lectures ended, Master remained outside the lecture hall, and talked with practitioners. He even saw us as we departed. The lecture classes deeply impressed me.”
“I felt that I was lucky to be able to obtain the Fa since I was so young, and embark on this path to return to my original true self. I found the purpose of my life. This is a very wonderful thing. Having the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance to guide me in my life is wonderful.”
May 13 is also Master Li Hongzhi’s 71st birthday. Ms. Zeng hope to express her gratitude to Master, “Happy birthday Master. I am very grateful for your benevolent salvation and protecting me all the way. I hope to become more diligent and tell more Hong Kong citizens about the goodness of Dafa.”
Living a Happy Life after Cultivation
Falun Dafa’s exercise music can be heard every morning in the parks throughout Hong Kong, where residents have joined in to start their cultivation in Falun Dafa. Ms. Chen said that she saw Falun Dafa practitioners doing the exercises in Kowloon Park in April 1999 and learned that it was free of charge. She then started her cultivation in Falun Dafa.
Ms. Chen started to practice the exercises about two years ago at Lai Chi Kok Park in Mei Foo every weekend, and many new practitioners also came to learn. She felt that practicing the exercises at the park was better than practicing the exercises at home, “The energy is very strong when we practice outside and everyone’s changes are much greater. When we meet with problems or when our movements are not correct, we can help each other.”
Having cultivated for 23 years, Ms. Chen said that she has benefited greatly both mentally and physically. “My body is very healthy. I do not need to visit the doctor or take any medicines. I am content and no longer compete with others. After she began practicing, Ms. Chen’s temper also took a turn for the better, “Master talked about Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Sometimes when I meet with unhappy matters, I can tolerate them. When I meet with problems, I know I must look within myself. My family gradually became harmonious, and we do not feel that fault lies in others because of our personal gains or looking down on others.”
Practicing Exercises at Star Ferry Terminal—Bringing Hope to People Amidst Adversity
Apart from the quiet parks, some Falun Dafa practitioners practice the exercises at the busy Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal. Mr. Zeng and Ms. Zhu can be seen peacefully meditating amid the hustle and bustle. Sometimes passersby stop to watch them.
Falun Dafa practitioners in Hong Kong have always held activities on the streets to tell people about Falun Dafa and the persecution. However, in May 2021, the Court of Final Appeal refused to accept the judicial review appeal by Falun Dafa practitioners regarding the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Confiscating their display boards. Many government departments, including the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, forcibly removed and confiscated the practitioners’ banners and even sued many Falun Dafa practitioners in court. Mr. Zeng and Ms. Zhu nonetheless persisted in practicing the exercises at the terminal every weekend to let the residents see that the Falun Dafa practitioners are still there.
The CCP has pressured the Hong Kong government in recent years to suppress free speech, and many civic groups were forced to disband. Many residents feel lost and sad about the current state of Hong Kong, and many have immigrated out of Hong Kong. Ms. Zhu said, “Some people saw us and felt encouraged, ‘Ah, Falun Dafa is still here, they did not leave.’ Seeing us persisting gives them hope. Some people try to donate money but we tell them that we do not accept money. They know that Falun Dafa is not in the wrong. We did not back down and we are righteous and aboveboard.”
Persisting for 22 Years Despite Violent Threats
Mr. Zeng said that since the start of the persecution of Falun Dafa by the CCP, he has come to the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui to practice the exercises. Even if there is a No. 8 gale signal, he has never stopped. He’s been beaten and splashed with red paint by people who support the CCP. The television he used to play videos to expose the persecution was smashed by violent people, and he also has been subjected to continuous disturbance by the Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited, a CCP spy organization. Mr. Zeng said that the CCP has used all sorts of methods to try and stop people from understanding the truth about Falun Dafa.
“I always treat the Star Ferry Terminal as my cultivation practice site. No matter what difficulties I encounter, I know I must persist. In the end, the Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited left, and we are still here,” Mr. Zeng said.
During his 22 years at the Star Ferry Terminal, Mr. Zeng has witnessed changes. The government constructed the Avenue of Stars and chased away the small vendors, but Mr. Zeng and his fellow practitioners are still there. Many residents who often passed by have changed from their initial state of having many misunderstandings about Falun Dafa, to gradually understanding the practice, and these people have slowly become friends with Mr. Zeng. “Having gone through so many ups and downs, many people have now awakened. One person has read our newspapers for over ten years. Last month, he bought Zhuan Falun and told us, ‘I also want to learn Falun Dafa’.”
Distributing Truth-Clarifying Materials
Along with practicing and demonstrating the exercises, Falun Dafa practitioners use their own money to print materials to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and distribute these materials to residents.
Ms. Pan said that in 1999, when former CCP head Jiang Zemin started to persecute Falun Dafa, a friend gave her some information about the practice, “Every time I received these materials, I wept. Such a good practice, why is it being persecuted? Therefore, I will go out to distribute materials every day. No matter how busy I am, I will devote one to two hours to do so and let people know the truth about the persecution of Falun Dafa.”
Ms. Pan said that more and more residents are coming to understand the truth about Falun Dafa, “Now people are very willing to accept these materials. Some even give us a thumbs up and say, ‘Keep it up’. Some will say ‘I support you all’.” She said, “Now that the pandemic is so serious, I hope that more people can learn the truth about Falun Dafa so that they can obtain a healthy body and stay safe.”
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