On the evenings of January 26 and 27, Huideng Middle School hosted the "Yilan County Teachers' Falun Dafa Research Camp." Practitioners shared their experiences with attendees and taught the exercises. This is one of about twenty teachers' research camps that were held this winter in Taiwan.
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Teachers' Falun Dafa Research Camps in Taiwan
In recent years, many counties and cities in Taiwan have organised "Teachers' Falun Dafa Camps." Practitioners from many different professions introduce Falun Gong to the teachers and staff. These camps help the teachers to apply the Falun Dafa principles of "Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance" to their daily teaching in order to inspire the students to recognise the true meaning of life and to raise moral standards. Accordingly, government education departments, schoolmasters, and teachers welcomed the camps with enthusiasm. The education bureau also awarded the camp attendees course credits.
Schoolmaster Mr. Hong, who is also a Falun Gong practitioner, organised the camp and taught the exercises together with Mr. Lin, deputy director of the Yilan Education Department. Yilan Commercial Vocational High School and Luodong Industrial Vocational High School displayed pictures of Falun Dafa club activities in their buildings. The exhibition showed that Falun Dafa is catching on quickly in the high schools.
Teacher Liu from Yilan Commercial Vocational High School informed the camp that the school's Falun Dafa Club was established in February 2003. Initially, 95 students applied to join. Every semester, the club met seven times, and each meeting lasted two hours. Club members also used their spare time and lunch breaks to practise Falun Gong. Another teacher added that, compared to other students, those who practised Falun Gong were more open and straightforward, more considerate of others, more likely to take the initiative to do things, cooperated well with other students, and never cheated on tests. Another teacher said she had discovered that the students in the club who read Zhuan Falun often had excellent scores on qualifying exams for higher education. These teachers believed that these positive traits and accomplishments were a result of cultivating the principles "Truth, Compassion, Forbearance".
Several practitioners shared their experiences.
After teacher Ms. Liu started studying Falun Gong in July 1999, her health greatly improved. Before, she had used six medical cards (for 36 doctor visits) every year. Now she doesn't even need to use one in the whole year. She said her rigid thinking had prevented her from paying attention to her students' behaviours. After practising Falun Gong, she started listening to her students' ideas.
Mr. Xu said he obtained the Fa because his wife, who brought the videotapes of Master's lectures home and played them. He suggested that new practitioners study the Fa more and share experiences with other practitioners in order to understand Dafa better. He said that it was a pity that some new practitioners quit because of some physical reactions after practising the exercises.
Teacher Mr. Chen said that he had thought about the meaning of life from the time he was very young, and that he used not to believe in things he didn't see or hadn't experienced. After obtaining Falun Dafa, he understood that the meaning of life is to return to the truth.
Mr. Zhang had retired from a bank. He had practised Tai Chi for many years. After he studied Falun Gong, he had some wonderful experiences. His wife is a kindergarten teacher. She saw beautiful white flowers at a practise site. She also felt the music composed by Dafa practitioners was very peaceful, so she played the music "Pudu" and "Jishi" to her young pupils during their lunch break. Their daughter, who is a university graduate, is also practising Falun Dafa.
Teacher Wu said that, from a very young age, he had wondered about the meaning of life. He had understood some theories about life, but he was not sure if they were correct. When he first obtained Dafa, he read the book but tried to understand it with his own ideas. After some discussion and sharing with other practitioners, he now joins group study and practise and is progressing diligently.
Teacher Cai told us about how many people have said that she looked healthier after she began to practise Falun Dafa. Her son in kindergarten likes to her reading Zhuan Falun to him. Her daughter in first grade can read Zhuan Falun by herself and also can recite Hong Yin.
Director Zeng of Luodong Industrial Vocational High School said that four teachers practised Falun Gong in the school for many years. Two of them had their whole family practise Falun Dafa. His wife had migraines for many years. After practising Falun Gong, her situation improved a great deal. Since his family had benefited from Dafa, he was very willing to make the poster publicising the Falun Gong Camp and to host the club activities to introduce Falun Gong.
Teacher Li said he used to be very strict with students. After studying Falun Dafa, he now uses "Truth Compassion Forbearance" to guide him in educating students and children. He has also become more compassionate in solving conflicts between teachers and students.
Stop the persecution in Mainland China
Doctor Chen, who often attends such camps, said that Falun Gong has taught people to be honest and has improved people's health, so it is welcomed in both society and government in Taiwan. But in China, the persecution has caused many practitioners to be tortured to death. Jiang's regime also propagandises the hatred of Falun Gong in schools, poisoning the minds of the younger generation. He said that he was worried about the next generation in China and hopes everyone works together to end the ridiculous persecution as soon as possible.
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