(Minghui.org) The Art of Zhen Shan Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) International Exhibition was held between August 7 and 12 in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. Although Typhoon Khanun impacted the region, many people came on the last day of the event. Students, teachers, parents, and local residents learned about Falun Dafa and how the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) brutally persecutes the spiritual practice. 

The Art of Zhen Shan Ren was held at the Busan Cultural Center Exhibition Hall between August 7 and 12. 

Visitors view the artworks. 

Children from the YMCA listen as a docent explains the artworks. 

Located on the first floor inside the Busan Cultural Center, the exhibition hall is next to an indoor skating rink. A theater and the Nakdong Cultural Center are also located in the building, so many people saw the art exhibition. 

Because schools were still on summer break, many children and their parents came to see the artworks. They included children who came to use the skating rink, skate club members, kindergarten students, summer school students, and YMCA members. Some students and parents came on the weekend to watch the children’s performances at the theater or were there to attend other cultural workshops.

On August 12, the last day of the Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition, the children’s play, “Pinocchio,” was staged three times in the theater. Hundreds of children and their parents lined up before and after the performances to see the art exhibition. 

Being Good People

When the kindergarten children were viewing the artwork, “Tears of Grief and Joy,” a Falun Dafa practitioner explained the painting and told them that people who do good deeds go to Heaven while those who do bad deeds may end up in Hell. She said she hoped the children could learn from Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, to remain honest and kind. All the children agreed and said they wanted to be good people. Their teacher also repeatedly thanked the docent. 

Summer school students at the exhibition

When summer school students came to the art exhibition, a docent told them that the paintings were created by artists who practice the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She explained that these values can help one to live with principles and integrity. 

After the students looked at all the paintings, their teachers asked the students to thank the docent. The students did and warmly applauded. They happily smiled when they each received bookmarks and lotus flowers with words, “Falun Dafa is good.” 

Many children wrote down their thoughts in the guest book:

“I will be a kind person and no longer get angry with my brother.”“I will live according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”“Being a kind person is my goal.”“I will treat others sincerely with forgiveness.”“It is vicious that these people were mistreated [in China] because they want to be good.”

Opposed to Forced Organ Harvesting

A Korean-Japanese Lions Club leader and club members

A Korean-Japanese Lions Club leader and her fellow club members also attended the art exhibition. Although they’d heard about Falun Dafa before, they did not know that the CCP treated practitioners so badly and even killed them for their organs. 

The club leader thanked practitioners for telling the public about what is going on in China. She said she hopes to see the art exhibition held in more places so that more people will learn about these severe human rights abuses. After the exhibition, one club member contacted a nearby group practice site to learn the Falun Dafa exercises. 

“Today Is a Meaningful Day”

People were glad to receive bookmarks and lotus flowers with the words, “Falun Dafa is good.” 

Moved by the artworks, many people expressed their gratitude and support in the messages they wrote in the guest book. One of them, Xu Yinghao, said he first heard about the suppression against Falun Dafa in China over 20 years ago. “Today is a meaningful day since this art exhibition allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of Falun Dafa,” he wrote. “I hope more people can improve their mind and body through [practicing] Falun Dafa.”

A mother and her daughter also visited exhibition. The daughter said that the vivid artworks revealed how brutal the CCP is. She wrote in the guest book, “Those victims have left us, so the CCP owes them an apology because of this massive crime. I did not pay much attention to the persecution in the past. But now I know I need to live an upright life. I hope more people will come and see these paintings.”

Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting It?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises, have experienced improved health and well-being.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.

Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 24 years, though due to the difficulty in getting information out of China, the actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.

There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply China’s organ transplant industry.