May is the season of renewal and awakening, and Falun Gong practitioners worldwide are celebrating World Falun Dafa Day that falls on May 13. 2019 marks the 27th year since Falun Dafa was introduced to the public.
On May 13, 1992, Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Gong, began to teach its principles and exercises to the public. Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) is vast and profound, it is based on the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance (Zhen-Shan-Ren).
Practitioners experience great changes in both body and mind. Within just a few years, through word of mouth, 100 million people in China were practicing Falun Gong.
On March 13, 1995, Mr. Li Hongzhi travelled to Paris to teach the practice, marking Falun Gong’s debut on the international stage. Since then, the practice has spread to over 100 countries.
“Zhuan Falun,” the main text of Falun Gong, has been translated into 40 languages. Falun Dafa has received more than 3,000 awards and motions of support from countries worldwide. The inner joy of cultivating Regardless of age …race …profession …
In 2000, Falun Gong practitioners spontaneously decided to designate May 13 as World Falun Dafa Day, the day that Mr. Li Hongzhi began teaching the practice to the public, as an expression of their gratitude and respect. To commemorate this date, practitioners worldwide hold celebrations and wish Mr Li happy birthday (his birthday is also May 13th).
Let us hear from some practitioners how they feel about this event.
(Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioner, Lin Wan-ting)
I am 21 years old.I am a 3rd year student at the National Ilan University in Taiwan. Why I started practising Falun Dafa was due to the sickness I had when I was in high school. Doctors could not cure me; I even tried praying, but I didn’t get better either, even after trying for a long time. Then my mother advised me to read the book “Zhuan Falun.”
After I finished reading the book, I felt shaken to the core; it was an indescribable feeling. I stopped all my medication, and became a genuine Dafa practitioner.
After I started cultivating, I was completely transformed. I am no longer ill, and my skin allergies have disappeared. I feel more peaceful and I don’t get into arguments so easily anymore.
(Falun Gong practitioner, Step Milne)
Thank you, Master.
(Svatlana, head of an advertising company)
Master teaches us to always consider others first, to care for others. That is the characteristic of the universe. So, I am learning to think of others first.
(Ph.D in computer science)
In 2002, my mother began practicing Falun Gong. I also started practicing along with my mother. I had known nothing about Chinese culture before. Because Falun Gong had come from China, and I feel that Falun Gong is the most precious and valuable gift China has given the world. So I always wanted to read “Zhuan Falun” in its original language. After I started cultivating, I became interested in Chinese culture, so I started learning Chinese. I learnt the Chinese language through reading “Zhuan Falun.”
After five years, I was able to read the book in its original language, Chinese. Thank you, Master, for imparting the Fa to me. I truly feel that I have waited my whole life for this.
Master, happy birthday!
Happy birthday Master!
I shall do the three things well.
Thank you, Master.
Happy birthday, Master!
(College student, Montreal, Canada)
I would like to say to Master:
Thank you for imparting the Fa to us. Falun Dafa is good.Zhen-Shan-Ren is good.