(Minghui.org) To usher in the new year, practitioners gathered outside the Taitung City Stadium and did the Falun Dafa exercises. They also took a group photo to wish their founder, Master Li Hongzhi, Happy New Year, saying in chorus, “We respectfully wish Master a Happy New Year! Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
Some practitioners also shared their cultivation experiences and expressed their gratitude to Master.
Falun Dafa’s Amazing Power
Shortly after Mr. Zhang began practicing Falun Dafa ten years ago, he helped distribute the Epoch Times newspaper.Recent changes in newspaper delivery time meant he had to leave home before 3:30 a.m. every day. Initially worried that the lack of rest would affect his mental and physical strength, Mr. Zhang later realized his stamina improved with the new schedule. After delivering the newspapers, he began participating in the group exercises held at dawn. He attributes this to the benefits of the practice, and the support Master has given him.
During the COVID epidemic, Mr. Zhang came down with virus symptoms. However, he viewed it as a way to eliminate karma, and persisted in practicing the exercises and reading the Fa every day. Three days later, his symptoms vanished. From this, he learned that as long as practitioners maintain righteous thoughts and actions, Master will protect them.
Mr. Zhang said that words are inadequate to express his gratitude to Master. The only way he can repay Master’s kindness is to persevere in cultivation and do the three things well.
Cherish the Remaining Time
Ms. Shen Baocai began practicing Falun Dafa 16 years ago and moved from northern Taiwan to Taitung with her son. While helping at the guesthouse her son owns she uses every opportunity to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution to each guest. She gives each one a small lotus flower bearing the message: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Moved by her sincerity and kindness, many visitors became loyal customers.
She traveled to Hong Kong for three consecutive years, from 2014 to 2016. “At that time, the streets were full of tourists from the mainland China. I went to three different sites every morning, afternoon and evening, in order to help people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. One day, I managed to persuade 58 people to quit.”
“I woke up at 4 a.m. to practice the exercises, before going out to clarify the truth. I returned to my room after 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., I participated in group Fa study sessions, then fell asleep after midnight after sending righteous thoughts.”
In 2017, Ms. Shen started clarifying the truth in Ximending, Taipei. “Whenever the place became crowded, I would find myself reluctant to return home for dinner.” Impacted by COVID, Taiwan has seen a slump in tourist numbers. Hong Kong’s political environment has also undergone drastic changes. These have underscored to her the importance of cherishing every opportunity to clarify the truth and save people.
As she has no health problems, the tribulations Ms. Shen encounters are mostly tests to improve her character. In depth study of the Fa and searching inward has led her to understand, “The tribulations I assumed were caused by others, were actually opportunities created for me to improve.”
At this year’s Taiwan Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference she was deeply impressed by a young Dafa practitioner’s sharing. “He dreamed that his father already boarded the Fa boat, but he hadn’t. He was shocked and he resolved to be more diligent, or miss his chance to consummate when the time came.”
“I previously overcame a major life-threatening tribulation. I am grateful to Master for giving me this this second chance and resolve to be more diligent in the new year ahead.”
Overcoming Difficulties Through Faith in Master and the Fa
Ms. Xie recently overcame an illness tribulation. “When the symptoms passed, my heart swelled with gratitude. Thank you, Master, for helping me pass this test.
“Through studying the Fa, I know cultivation aims to constantly get rid of attachments. But some attachments are hidden deep below the surface. They will resurface after some time and impact my physical and mental state.
“Whenever my body feels uncomfortable, I feel exhausted. Thoughts of taking a rest will arise, along with the temptation to take things easy. With steadfast determination to clear this hurdle, I find I can overcome it.
“The continuous process of eliminating karma helps get rid of our internal attachments, so I’m resolved to strengthen my study of the Fa during the year ahead, break through the various obstacles and be more diligent in cultivation.
“As long as one firmly believes in Master and the Fa, many difficulties can be easily overcome. My grateful thanks to Master!”
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