(Minghui.org) Many people stopped at the Falun Dafa booth during the Kadıköy Environment Festival in Istanbul on June 3, 2023. There was great interest in Falun Dafa—some learned the exercises that day while others wanted to know more about the mind and body cultivation practice. 

Locals learn the Falun Dafa exercises during the Kadıköy Environment Festival on June 3 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Children learn to make paper lotus flowers. 

Local residents were eager to learn Falun Dafa. Because of the strong interest, practitioners extended the exercise demonstration session by one hour. Ms. Buket, who works for the Kadıköy government and manned the government booth, said she was impressed by practitioners’ kindness. She remarked that the Falun Dafa booth added vitality and color to the event, and she was pleased to see that so many people wanted to learn the exercises. 

Kavin (left) and Azra (right) said they like Falun Dafa very much. 

Children were fascinated by Falun Dafa. Some learned the exercises along with the adults, while others sat with practitioners and learned to make folded paper lotus flowers. Among them were 10-year-old Kavin and 9-year-old Azra. “I felt relaxed while doing the exercises. The music was very nice. I would like to exercise again,” Kavin said. Azra said, “I felt like my soul was purified while I was doing the exercises. I felt stress free. It’s like I’ve been to other places. I would love to practice [Falun Dafa],” she shared. “[Dafa’s principles of] Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance are great.”

Software developer Yasin Baran said that the Falun Dafa exercises gave him energy. 

Software developer Yasin Baran said his Yoga instructor told him about Falun Dafa, so he decided to give it a try. He said, “It was very peaceful doing the exercises. I felt that my mind rested and I also felt energy in my palms.” 

Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness. Compassion, and Forbearance are the most important, he said. “If everyone applies these three principles and is compassionate and tolerant towards each other, no one will argue with each other. Being truthful will lead all people in the right direction.”