Switzerland: A Christmas Present from a Teacher

A teacher in Switzerland learned about Falun Gong and the persecution in China through a local practitioner. This teacher invited us to his class to present a report. This was his Christmas present to his grade 8 students. The report was held in the afternoon of the last school day before Christmas. The teacher told his students that the report was about mutual love.

We prepared a questionnaire for the students in advance. By looking at the questionnaire, we were able to understand how much the students already knew about Falun Gong. The questions included, ‘Do you know anything about Qigong?’ and ‘Do you know the meaning of ‘Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance’?’

At the beginning, we discussed with the students about the surface meanings of the three words, “Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance”. We encouraged them to participate in this discussion and then we told them about Qigong practices and about Falun Gong itself. Finally, we played a video revealing the truth about the persecution in China entitled “To call upon the world”. The students had a lot of questions after seeing this, and we answered each of the questions one by one. Many people do not understand why a practice that benefits so many people has encountered such terrible persecution.

In the second class, we began by introducing Chinese culture. Two Chinese practitioners, wearing traditional Chinese clothes, served some Chinese delicacies, such as green tea, fruits, and desserts. The background music was “Falun Dafa Hao.”

Finally, everyone in the class, including the teacher and his friends, practised the exercises together. The students were very quiet, and did a great job in learning the exercises. 3 or 4 of them could even sit in the double lotus position [with both legs crossed on top of one another – a traditional meditation position].

When we said goodbye to them, we wished each of the students a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We felt grateful to every one of them.

To express his gratitude, the teacher gave us a coupon that enabled us to obtain free books. We were very surprised and explained that as Falun Gong practitioners, when we teach the exercises and talk about Falun Gong, we do it for free. However, the teacher persisted and finally, we decided to buy the book Zhuan Falun [the main text of Falun Dafa] for their school library using the coupon.

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