Falun Gong practitioners and young inmates practising the sitting meditation.
Listening to the exercise music, young people do the first exercise, "Buddha Showing a Thousand Hands".
Mr. Wang En-chian, the education section chief said, "To support education courses in the third phase for the young inmates before they leave the jail, the Taichong Tutoring Centre of the National Air University set up a personal instruction site in the jail. A school for advanced studies was also established near the National Erlin Industry and Commerce, so as to provide youthful offenders an opportunity to get further education." Because it was during the summer vacation, to relieve the students from the stress of studies and other psychological pressures, practitioners were invited to conduct a Falun Gong seminar in Changhua Jail.
Ms. Liao Zhaohui, who participated in the course scheduling, said that from 8:30 to 11am on weekdays, nearly 70 young inmates studied Master Li's books with us, including Zhuan Falun, "Hong Yin", and The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa. Meanwhile, we also instructed the students how to practise the exercises, which are easy to learn. Mr. Guo Mingan, manager of a motorcycle company said, to clear up the false and slandering reports, including the one on the staged self-immolation by the Chinese Communist Party's media, we also played Falun Dafa truth-clarifying video programs and practitioners' cultivation stories during the seminar.
Mr. Wang, the education section chief found that after these inmates learnt Falun Gong, they not only became more energetic, but quarrels and fights among the students, as well as violations of the rules, were significantly reduced. He said, "They did not violate any rules this month."
A student wrote in his experience, "Having been nurtured in Falun Gong for nearly a month, we experienced countless changes in our minds and bodies, in our daily life and our relationships with each other. How should I describe it? Before learning about Falun Gong, I was an aimless person, and I did not know what I wanted. I lived a dissipated and ignorant life. It seemed that there was no goal in my life's journey, and I never knew how to plan my life. At that time, I really always thought that I was like a dying tree. Sometimes, I really wanted to give up on myself, but it seemed that there was a voice in a corner of my heart which always drew me and asked me not to give up my life."
When the seminar was about to conclude, five students were able to sit in full lotus position. In addition, two students went on the stage to recite poems from "Hong Yin". Three students shared their understandings and experiences. To encourage these well-behaved and brave students, Falun Gong practitioners used their own money to buy many copies of Zhuan Falun and presented the books to them.
A practitioner who assisted in instructing the exercises said, "After spending some time with these students, they came to smile more and their faces looked more peaceful."
According to experiences of conducting several similar activities, section chief Mr. Wang said, "Falun Gong, which emphasises cultivating both mind and body, has the ability to purify people's hearts. It not only helps relieve the students' stressfulness, but it can also improve their personalities. Because the next semester starts on September 2, this seminar that concluded on August 29 not only enriched the students' summer vacation, but it also provided the students a good preparation for their new semester."
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