In many cities of Belgium, such as Brussels, Gent, Antwerp, Hasselt-Diepenbeek, Sint Truiden, and Leuven, you can see Falun Gong practitioners doing the exercises in parks. In addition, you can read Falun Dafa information at various community activities.
Why do westerners and overseas Chinese want to practise Falun Gong? How do they see the issue of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecuting Falun Gong?
The answer of Belgian practitioner Philip is representative of many practitioners. He said, ''Simply speaking, I was looking for answers to the questions of life, illness and death, and so on, but I couldn't find them. However, after practising Falun Dafa, all my questions were answered. I benefited from cultivation practice both physically and mentally. Of course I would wish to keep doing such a good thing. Furthermore, I hope that more and more people can benefit from Falun Gong.''
As to the cruelty of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, Philip said, ''It is very evil that the CCP regime launched the persecution of Falun Gong. It must be stopped. I practise Falun Gong freely in Belgium. However in China, Falun Gong practitioners not only can't enjoy this freedom, but they are persecuted brutally. For this reason, I introduced my local councillors as to what Falun Gong is all about, and exposed the persecution of Falun Gong in China, by emails, phone calls and meetings. I hope they can stand up to condemn the evil deeds of the CCP. I take part in various activities aimed at stopping the persecution of Falun Gong, and hope the persecution ends soon.''
Practitioner Wim said, ''My knowledge tells me that all phenomena in the human world are illusions. For a long time, I felt that nothing could move me, life had no choices, and everything in society is not so nice. Lies and chaos are everywhere, and even the behaviour of some religious people is not good. But Falun Dafa is so real; it makes me understand the meaning of life. Now, my life is very good. ''
Regarding the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP, Wim said, "The persecution must be stopped. In order to help achieve this, fellow practitioners and I translated the editorial series the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, to help more people understand the evil nature of the CCP, and to stop the persecution. The reason that I participate in various Dafa activities is to create more opportunities for more people to understand Dafa, and to expose the persecution happening in China. Through our joint efforts we aim to stop this wicked persecution."
Ganlu also shared her understanding as one of the overseas Chinese Falun Gong practitioners. She said, "Falun Gong gives me a good health and extraordinary wisdom. The most important thing is that it helps me understand the meaning of returning to our original, true selves.
"Before cultivation, I was tormented very badly by illnesses. I couldn't sleep well and couldn't eat well; it was really painful, and I had to discontinue my studies. If it meant becoming a beggar or a poor person to exchange my body for a healthy body, I would have done it. Finally, I was helpless. In order to recover from illnesses, I started to practice Falun Gong. Through continuous study and deep understanding of the Dafa principles, I changed myself and gave up pursuit of fame and self-interest. Dafa helped me to obtain excellent results in my studies. The state of my cultivation even made my professors know that Falun Dafa is good, and they admire my work.''
Ganlu continued, ''Through cultivation, I obtained good health, and my work and cultivation are not in conflict with each other. Now, I should say that I am a real cultivator in the cultivation of Dafa.''
By way of cultivators' personal experiences, Falun Dafa is spreading widely in Belgium.