If you live in New York City, you may have recently noticed a parade in the cityâs heart with lots of smiley people wearing yellow T-shirts and carrying banners saying âFalun Dafa is goodâ.
Kinda like this:
But if youâre like me and donât live in the Big Apple, youâll get an insight from China Uncensoredâs Chris Chapel, who spent a day with practitioners who came from around the world to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.
So check out his video above.
If you donât know much about Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, here are some basics:
- Itâs a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline
- Practitioners adhere to three core principles: Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance
- Five slow-moving exercises, including meditation
- Itâs all voluntary and no money is involved
- Practitioners live a regular life
And I think you get a good sense of those points from the video as Chris talks with practitioners about how the practice helps them improve their character and their lives in general.
Itâs all about being a good person.
Reactions from Chinese mainlanders
Most of those whoÂ Chris speaks with in his video are Westerners, and many of them speak about how people from Mainland China react whenÂ finding out they practice Falun Gong.
Given how mainlanders have been subjected to propaganda since the persecution of the practice began in 1999, the reactions are mixed. Reason being, these mainlanders traveling outside of their country have to deal with being presented with information that’s the complete opposite to what the Communist Partyâs propaganda machine has drilled into them.
As just mentioned, the practice has been persecuted in China since 1999, andÂ it was instigated by the then-Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin. The persecution has been brutal, with the most notable example being the reports about the mass killings of practitioners and the harvesting of their organs.
Australiaâs SBS recently broadcast Human Harvest, an award winning documentary about the organ harvesting in China thatÂ I watched, and it can now be seen via Vimeo. Another documentary aboutÂ organ harvesting in China is Red Reign, and you can see the trailer for it below:
Itâs incredibly shocking that this crime continues, let alone has occurred in the first place. I remember when I first heard about this in 2006 and initially found it hard to believe, but as evidence mounted, it has become irrefutable.
If you want to take some action about this, you can sign a petition to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for immediate action to end forced organ harvesting in China.
To raise awareness about the persecution, many of those who attended the World Falun Dafa celebrations in NYC were wearing yellow t-shirts with the hashtag message #Free2Meditate.
See some images below from the campaign’s Facebook page.Â Letâs hope one day soon the persecution will end, and people in China will be free to meditate.