Sweden: A Nostalgic Look Back at Mr Li Hongzhi Teaching Falun Dafa in Sweden

On May 13th, 1992, Mr Li Hongzhi first taught Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, publicly in the city of Changchun, China. Sixteen years later, Falun Gong is practised by people in over eighty countries and regions around the world. The main teaching of Falun Gong, gathered in the book Zhuan Falun, has been translated into over twenty languages and is well received by people of all kinds and races. Many people in different countries started to practise Falun Gong through the introduction by other Falun Gong practitioners, or by Internet and media reports. However Falun Gong practitioners in Sweden have a unique story.

Swedish Falun Gong practitioner Linnea

On April 6th 1995, the founder of Falun Dafa Master Li Hongzhi came to Sweden and hosted five public lectures. From April 14th to April 20th. Master Li held the second overseas Falun Gong study class at Nordgarden in Gothenburg. This class became the last one where Master Li personally taught Falun Gong. At that time, most participants of the class were westerners. They were from different cities and professions, including Professors, doctors, nurses, workers and administrative personnel. As a result, over a hundred people had learned Falun Gong and started to truly practise it.

A Swedish girl Linnea is five years old this year. She lives in Stockholm. Her whole family practises Falun Gong. She started to learn singing from her mother at the age of two and specially liked to sing songs created by Falun Gong practitioners. From the age of three, she started to read with her mother some of the simpler Falun Gong teachings. She often sees Master’s law body and many colourful Falun.

Linnea is a very sensible girl and likes to help other people. She is very independent. Anything she could do herself, she would do it satisfactorily. She has two younger brothers and an elder sister. She never fights with them and is always willing to help her younger brothers.

Her mother Marin said, “I started to practise Falun Gong in May 1998. After practising, my serious arthritis problem was thoroughly cured. My physical and spiritual well being also changed significantly. In my daily life, I strive to follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance and learned how to educate my children properly. Now all my children are very sensible. Falun Gong has brought to my family many benefits that are difficult to express in languages.”

Marin and her husband also joined the European “Come for you” choir. Linnea who loves to sing Dafa song is so happy. She asked her mother to teach her singing and thus becomes an unofficial member of the European “Come for you” choir. When she used very good Chinese to sing the song “De Du”, many people were moved to tears. Every time she performs, the audience always give her warm applause. Linnea is so pleased that she and others can use this artistic way to spread the beauty of Falun Gong and awaken people’s awareness.”

There are over thirty cities in Sweden that has Falun Gong practise sites. The large majority of Falun Gong practitioners are westerners and their families. The seed of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance has deeply rooted here. Falun Gong is being spread in Europe through this method of personal experience.

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