On December 10, 2003, Chonghsing National Elementary School in Yilan County, Taiwan invited medical doctor and Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Chen Guo-feng to give a lecture entitled, "Life Education." Using his own experiences in practicing Falun Gong and his medical background, Dr. Chen introduced Falun Dafa to the Principal and all faculty members and illustrated the beauty and remarkable benefits of Dafa. The lecture was warmly received.
In recent years, families with problems and students who drop out of school have gradually increased. To correct this situation and enhance family and individual education, the Department of Education requires all schools to conduct "life education" seminars each year as part of their plan of taking care of elementary school students.
Since Falun Gong was introduced to Taiwan in 1995, its outstanding effects in purifying the mind and improving health have been recognized and praised by different levels of government, institutions and schools. Especially, Falun Gong emphasizes upgrading of xinxing (moral character, mind or heart nature). Cultivators all discipline themselves in accordance with Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance and always consider others first. This can supplement the limitations of education. It also plays an important role in improving the general mood of society, promoting purity and suppressing corruption. Because Falun Gong is deeply rooted in people's hearts and is warmly received throughout Taiwan, schools of different levels often arrange Falun Gong seminars during the summer or winter vacations. Some also hold seminars for credits during the school year.
During his lecture, starting from the category of education, Dr. Chen discussed the following issues:
- a. Mind and body are one (mind and matter are one thing)
b. Heaven and human are one (Heaven, earth, and human)
c. Selflessness (great leisure and freedom)
- a. Cultivate the nature of the universe: Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance -- Returning to one's genuine true self.
b. Free of charge, not a religion, and not involved in politics. It is not a qigong, but cultivation, and it is formless.
Dr. Chen used his own experience in practicing Falun Gong and his medical background to illustrate the great benefits and the wonderfulness of Falun Dafa. Before he practiced cultivation in Falun Dafa, he was an impatient person; he easily got irritated, and was very self-centred and sensitive. He once suffered from depression and insomnia. After he started practicing Falun gong, he became optimistic and cheerful, and he became able to understand and forgive others. Up to the present, he has been free from illness. Dr. Chen's two-hour lecture was spiced with flashes and cartoons. He talked about the worldwide spread of Dafa and the more than 1000 proclamations issued by different countries to honour Dafa. In the end, he gave a detailed analysis of the suspicious points of the "Tiananmen Square Self-immolation" and other false cases and exposed the facts of the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong.
After the seminar, Principal Li not only highly praised Falun Dafa for its remarkable effects in cultivation and healing and fitness, but he also expressed that he would invite Dr. Chen again in the future to give more information and demonstrate the exercises.
While the Department of Education is working hard to enhance life's value and actively encourages faculty members to conduct "life education" research, on the other side of the strait, Chinese people are deprived of the freedom to believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance under the human rights violations being committed by the Jiang regime. The Chinese government employs the entire national police force to strangle all kinds of information channels and only let its state-controlled media spread lies defaming Falun Gong. Hundreds of thousands of kind Falun Gong practitioners are put into labour camps, while many have even been tortured to death. People who are separated by only a strait and are both descendants of Yan Di and Huang Di -- the Chinese people--but they are experiencing a world of difference.
This activity not only allowed the faculty members in the Chonghsing National Elementary School who attended the seminar to understand more about life and the meaning of life, but they also obtained a deeper understanding of what Falun Gong is and learned more about the persecution.
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