United States: New Yorkers and Tourists Learn about Falun Dafa at a Manhattan Street Fair

On June 15th, 2009, it was a cool summer day. Many had gathered at a street fair in Manhattan. Falun Dafa practitioners set up a booth at the fair. Some of them demonstrated the exercises and others gave flyers to passersby and talked to them about Falun Dafa. Visitors also learned about the brutal suppression of Falun Dafa in China.

A Falun Gong practitioner talks about Falun Dafa to a passerby Passersby took Falun Gong fliers and read them on the street

Besides New Yorkers, many foreign tourists came to the fair. Practitioners met tourists from Germany, France and India and told them about Falun Dafa websites where Falun Dafa books and exercise instruction video tapes in different languages can be downloaded for free. The practitioners told the tourists how to find the local practitioners in their home countries through the official Falun Dafa website.

A man in his 50s stopped at the booth to talk to the practitioners. He learned about Falun Dafa four years ago at an anti-torture exhibit. He encouraged practitioners to tell more people about Falun Dafa, especially the news of the persecution in China. He told practitioners never to give up. He took many Dafa materials with him.

A woman had practised four kinds of Yoga. When she saw a photo of a practitioner practising the sitting meditation on the cover of a Falun Dafa flier, she was curious. A practitioner told her Falun Dafa was a traditional practice from China that included slow-moving exercises and a sitting meditation. The woman wanted to learn the movements immediately.

Several people from the community were collecting signatures. They asked a practitioner why there were many people at the Falun Dafa booth. The practitioner smiled and told them the energy field of Falun Dafa can benefit people and make them feel comfortable. Then the signature-collectors also took fliers and CDs.

Nearly a thousand people received the fliers by the end of the day. Many people in the community expressed interest in learning the exercises.

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