(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the Ballajura Community Fair held at Ballajura Community College on August 20, 2023. They demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises and told people about this traditional mind-body practice from China, and how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecutes the spiritual discipline.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Ballajura Malaga and the Ballajura Lions Club, the annual fair features multicultural displays, dance, music, talent shows, entertainment, crafts, food stalls and more, bringing joy to community families.
The waist drum team’s performance won rounds of applause from the audience. After the performance, practitioners demonstrated the exercise movements and explained Falun Dafa’s principles. People quietly watched and listened, and many audience members took photos and videos.
The practitioners’ sky-blue tent emblasoned with the three words: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in both Chinese and English, was particularly eye-catching. Many people stopped by the booth to chat and receive Falun Dafa fliers and small origami lotus flower ornaments. They asked about Falun Dafa and a number of people asked where they could learn the exercises.
“Falun Dafa Is So Pure”
Kerry Schippers, a visitor to the Falun Dafa booth, said, “I feel happy here, and I feel a lot of pleasant energy.
“I know about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China,” Ms. Schippers said. “When you practice the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the energy radiated from it will spread to the world and affect everything.”
Ms. Schippers took the informational materials and said that she would learn more about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
She soon returned to the Falun Dafa booth and said, “I just read the Minghui Magazine. Falun Dafa is so pure and free!”
She said she was interested in learning to practice and asked where the nearest practice site was. “I’m always looking for something higher, and that’s what I feel here,” she said.
Filipino Community Leader: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Benefit Community
Dante Maribbay came to the practitioners’ booth and took the informational materials about Falun Dafa. He said, “As soon as I came to the Falun Dafa booth, I felt a wonderful atmosphere. Falun Dafa is good for physical and mental health. It can help people relieve stress, relax, and focus.”
Mr. Maribbay is president of the Western Australia Multicultural Association, president of the Filipino Australian Movement for Empowerment and the former president of the Filipino Communities Council of Australia.
He said he agreed with Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and said these principles are important for communities.
Before leaving, Mr. Maribbay left his contact information and invited practitioners to participate in local activities organized by the Filipino community.
Falun Dafa Is Peaceful
Izabela from Poland told practitioners she knew that Falun Dafa was persecuted by the CCP.
“We need to find inner peace,” she said. “I have seen practitioners’ booths in different places before. When I came here today and saw the exercise demonstration, I felt so calm. When I saw the words Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, what else do I need to know? This is the centre of everything. I am very interested in learning to practice Falun Dafa, and I want to know more about it.”
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 organisation 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.
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