Turkey: A Nine Day Falun Gong Introductory Class Held in Ankara

From May 8th to May 17th, 2006, new and veteran Falun Gong practitioners in Ankara organised another nine day Falun Gong introductory class. Everyday practitioners studied one chapter of Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Gong, and practised the first four sets of Falun Gong exercises.

Some new practitioners were introduced to the class by practitioners who attended the classes before, while others learned the news from leaflets received from practitioners in the street.

During the class, a veteran practitioner described to new practitioners the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong and the recently exposed atrocities of the regime’s harvesting of organs for profit from live Falun Gong practitioners.

A new practitioner said: “This is Turkey – a democratic country. We welcome Falun Dafa. What the Chinese Communist regime has been doing could only bring great losses to the Chinese people. It showed its ignorance. The regime has no conscience and no human nature.”

Another said, “I watched the programme shown on SHOW TV station. It is really heart-breaking to see how Falun Gong practitioners are brutally persecuted in China. The news reader called on the Turkish government and people to help stop the persecution occurring in China.”

Practitioners reading Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa New practitioners learning the exercises.

On May 13th, the birthday of our respected Teacher, all practitioners spent an extra hour to share their cultivation experience and their understanding of the Falun Gong principles and thanked Master Li for giving us the opportunity to improve ourselves. Practitioners said: “We wish our respected Teacher a happy birthday. We are eagerly waiting the moment our Teacher comes to Turkey.”

During the nine day class, new practitioners learned what virtue is and the principle of improving one’s xinxing (moral character) in daily life. They learned how to be tolerant to people who don’t understand them and that if they do bad things, they would lose virtue.

One practitioner described that during the first day of the fifth Falun Gong class, she didn’t need the glasses she wore for over ten years any more. When fifteen practitioners started to read Falun Gong teachings, everyone read one paragraph in turn. When it was her turn, she said she forgot to bring her glasses with her and couldn’t see properly. A veteran practitioner said, “In this class if you want to see properly, you just read the book. Please try it and you don’t need your glasses. We have many such examples among veteran practitioners in other countries.” This practitioner said immediately, “Yes, I believe it!” She then started reading and she could see very clearly all words in the book. When it was her turn again, she said surprisingly: “I really couldn’t believe it. I can read the book without my glasses. Falun Gong is really amazing.”

From that time onwards she has never worn her glasses. She told everyone her experience and told people “Falun Dafa is great and wonderful”. She is an actress and needs a healthy and beautiful face. She said after practising Falun Gong for four months, her face skin started to be tight and looked much younger.

On the first day of the class, we briefly showed practitioners a video of Teacher’s lecturing in person. They learned why it is good for them to read Zhuan Falun constantly. When a new practitioner saw the Teacher make the big Lotus Flower Hand Sign, he said: “Our Teacher is saying that he brought Falun Gong to the human world, we must treasure it!”

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