On June 3rd, 2007, the Los Angeles dance team was invited to Yaoshi Temple to perform two dances, "Pure Lotus" and "The Buddha-light Shines Everywhere." That day the temple was celebrating Sakyamuni's birthday. [Editors note: Sakyamuni is regarded as the founder of Buddhism]
|Dance "The Buddha-light shines everywhere|
|Demonstrating Falun Gong exercises|
|People holding truth-clarifying materials|
Practitioners were invited to go into the Great Hall to perform the "Pure Lotus" dance. The music for the dance was composed by Dafa practitioners. There were many people in the hall and many lay Buddhists were sitting on the floor. Before we started with the dance, a Vietnamese practitioner introduced everyone to Falun Dafa and recited the poem "Fragrant Lotus" from Hong Yin II, poems written by Master Li:
"The pure lotus is born from the Fa,
Compassion spreads its fragrant scent,
Sprinkling the world with sweet dew,
Blossoming lotuses fill Heaven's courtyard"
Everyone listened carefully. The purity of our dance affected them. They watched our every move. We knew that they could feel the compassion from Dafa practitioners and our auspicious field. After the dance, people applauded enthusiastically. They all extended their hands to ask for paper lotus flowers attached to bookmarks with Dafa information.
We left the Great Hall and started to get ready to perform the next dance on an outdoor stage, but it was still over an hour before the performance started. We all thought it would be nice to demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises during this time and we thought about talking to the host. However, some of us thought that people might misunderstand us if we demonstrated the exercises. Later, we realised that it was better if we performed the exercises as more people would learning about Dafa.
We decided to do the exercises next to the stage before the performance started. Many people heard our music and saw our exercises. Ten minutes later, the host came over and asked us to demonstrate the exercises on stage so everyone would be able to see us clearly.
We handed out many Vietnamese-language Falun Dafa flyers to people. They all happily accepted them.
All in all, the day was a huge success.
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