Michigan: Falun Dafa Practitioners Celebrate Chinese New Year


(Minghui.org) Since the CCP virus (COVID-19) started spreading in 2020, families and people around the world have been finding it hard to cope with this pandemic. The impact of the virus has caused a great deal of stress, such as insecurities over health and social crises. Many also feel lost, confused, and worried about the future.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Falun Dafa practitioners in Michigan shared their cultivation experiences. They hoped that by sharing these experiences, people would be able to see light at the end of the tunnel and find a way to stay safe during these uncertain times. They also respectfully wished Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, a Happy Chinese New Year.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction. Practitioners from Michigan come from all walks of life, including university professors, accountants, media reporters, and medical personnel.

As they recalled their cultivation journeys, many of them said their outlook on life changed for the better. Some said that their families in China have also been blessed after they started to practice Dafa, while others mentioned how they clarified the truth to Chinese in Western countries and have shared the beauty of Dafa with more people.

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 have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises have experienced uplifted health and well-being.


The Michigan Falun Dafa Association was invited to participate in the annual 4th of July Parade in Ann Arbor in 2019.


Father in China Blessed after Reciting the Nine Special Words

Mr. Tian an engineer at a international motor company, said, “My father suddenly lost his vision two years ago. The ophthalmologist said that he had glaucoma and needed immediate surgery. Though he regained a little vision after the surgery, he still couldn’t see clearly. He also felt that his eyelids were swollen and he was unable to open them.”

Mr. Tian helped his father quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organisations. His father knew how bad the CCP was because he’d lived through several of its political movements.

Having experienced Dafa’s miracles himself, Mr. Tian hoped his father would be blessed as well. “I would often remind him to recite the nine special words ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ He was very receptive and always told me that he would.

Around six months ago, while my father was reading the newspaper, he heard a faint thump. A small device that was inserted in his eye after the surgery had fallen out. He was shocked and worried at the same time. But after a couple of days, my father realised that he had regained his vision.

“My father said that he’d received blessings from reciting the nine special words and expressed his gratitude to Master and Dafa!”


Retired Teacher: Falun Dafa Gave Me a Second Life

Mr. Zhang, 83, is a retired senior English teacher from Wuhan, Hubei Province. He said, “I suffered from a number of ailments 25 years ago and I was also diagnosed with cerebellar atrophy, which made me even more miserable. Master cleansed my body and gave me a second life when I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1997.

The cerebellar atrophy (for which there is no cure) often caused Mr. Zhang to lose his balance while he was teaching. He frequently fainted against the blackboard or collapsed onto the podium. He was hospitalised in 1992, but the doctors said there was nothing they could do.

After he began practicing Falun Dafa Mr. Zhang said, “I’ve been strict about following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” He is now 83 years old and is very healthy. He practices the Falun Dafa exercises every day and has stayed safe during the pandemic.


Grateful to Master and Eliminating My Attachments to Fame and Profit

Mr. Huang, an automobile company engineer, said, “Looking back on my 20 years of cultivation, I am very touched. Practicing Dafa changed and recreated my life. I have utmost respect for Master. I abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my daily life and I let go of my ego. I was attached to fame and profits in the past. However, after I started to cultivate, I would try my best to be considerate of others and look on positive side of things that happen. Only then can I have a healthy mind and body.”

Mr. Huang practices the five exercises every day. “My body is constantly being purified by Master and my ailments are all gone. I will be more diligent in the New Year to come. Master, Happy Chinese New Year! Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”

Ms. Zhao from Grand Rapids, Michigan, said, “Thank you, Master, for teaching me to be more open-minded and helping me to relinquish my pettiness and selfish attachments to fame and profit. However, I still feel that I am lacking and can do even better. Thank you, Master, for teaching me how to distinguish between good and evil and right from wrong. This way I can do better and not head for destruction.”

Ms. Zhao added, “I became more carefree and happy at work after eliminating my attachments.

“I work with several others, and we each have different responsibilities. I have also abided by Master’s teachings and been a hardworking employee over the past three years. However, another colleague would slack off all the time. She often boasted and told everyone what she did during meetings, when in fact she did nothing at all. Nobody liked her. I had a conflict with her one time and many attachments like holding a grudge, being competitive and jealous, and looking down on her all surfaced. I was also extremely jealous of her when I knew that her supervisor always gave her special treatment.”

With the help of another practitioner and constantly studying the Fa, Ms. Zhao was able to let go of the conflict. She said, “I smiled and greeted her pleasantly the next time I saw her and did not take things to heart.”


“Clarifying the Truth to More People”

Ms. Song, who works for a media organisation, said, “I enlightened to many truths after cultivating Falun Dafa. I know that Falun Dafa is a practice that saves people; I know the true purpose of life is to return to one’s original true self; I know that the CCP is slandering Dafa and persecuting practitioners and making a profit from forced live organ harvesting. I know that the self-immolation at Tiananmen Square is a hoax and the Party publicises it to make people hate Falun Dafa. I also know that you should quit the CCP and its youth organisations to stay safe and not be implicated for the CCP’s crimes.

“Many Falun Dafa practitioners are clarifying the truth every day so that people can stay safe during the pandemic. Disasters and man-made disasters are continuing in China. What is horrible is when a person rejects the truth about Falun Dafa and only listens to the propaganda about it.”

Ms. Song recollected, “I once helped a Chinese woman translate at an airport but forgot to clarify the truth to her. To my amazement, I met her again at the departure gate. She was very happy to see me since I’d helped her. I clarified the truth to her and helped her quit the CCP and its youth organisations. I also gave her a truth-clarification booklet and reminded her to help other people quit the CCP and its youth organisations once she returned to China. She agreed and began to read the booklet right then. When my plane started to board, she came over and hugged me goodbye.”


Master’s Benevolence Is Boundless, Falun Dafa Is Good!

With the Chinese New Year upon us and in recognition of Falun Dafa’s 30th anniversary, practitioners from Michigan send their gratitude and good wishes to Master.

Mr. Tian said, “Thank you, Master, for protecting me and my family in China. It is true that when one person practices, the whole family benefits. My daughter has been cultivating with me since she was very young. I am glad that she looks inward when encountering tribulations and steers away from the big dye vat of ordinary society.”

Ms. Zhao said, “Thank you, Master, for your boundless salvation. I will be more diligent.”

Ms. Song, “I would like to represent a young Dafa disciple in my family, as well as my family members in China and all the sentient beings who know the truth about Dafa and tell Master, ‘Happy Chinese New Year!’”

Mr. Zhang said, “Master, you have pulled me out of the abyss of hopelessness and led me to find the purpose of life. Master has lit up the universe by spreading the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Master has compassionately spread the Fa and given sentient beings hope. We are bathed in Master’s compassion. Happy Chinese New Year!”