United States: Salt Lake City Hosts "Truth, Compassion and Tolerance" Art and Photo Exhibition

Mayor Ralph Becker Declares March "Falun Dafa Month"

Salt Lake City hosted the Truth, Compassion and Tolerance Art and Photo Exhibition from February 23rd to March 27th at the beautifully restored Salt Lake City and County building.

Local practitioners appreciated Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's proclamation declaring March 2009 "Falun Dafa Month."

A former Utah Senator suggested that the beautifully restored Salt Lake City and County Building on State Street, where she now works, would be an ideal place for the Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance Art Exhibit.

City Employees Share Their Impressions

The exhibit was up for a little over a month. One of the employees said that her favourite piece was the "Buddha" she would see every time the elevator door opened on the first floor. She especially loved this statue and thought it was beautiful.

She said it was wonderful to have the exhibit in the building and that, especially in the mornings, when many people had meetings on the first floor, and then again at lunchtime, with the cafeteria on that floor, she almost always saw people carefully studying the paintings. They were not just glancing as they walked past, but stopping to read and look closely at the artworks.

Other office staff also mentioned how much they appreciated having the exhibit in their building. A Native American lady said that when she saw the practitioner sitting in meditation on the floor beneath the photos, she tiptoed quietly by, even thinking that she should take her shoes off.

The local Falun Dafa group stocked a table with information and hand-folded paper lotus flowers available without charge to anyone who wanted them. One gentleman said that he has had a lotus flower hanging in his car for a year, but that he would like another one to hang from his lamp in the office reception area. Mayor Becker also has a lotus flower in his office.

Nine Commentaries

Several of the security guards expressed particular interest in the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party DVD. One said that his friend had recommended it to him and loaned him one. Another wanted a copy, also. Yet another security guard said that he had already taken quite a few of the DVDs from the information table and was giving them to friends. When asked, he said that he wanted five more to mail to other friends, one who lives in Washington, D.C. He thought that it was very important for people to know the real nature of the Chinese Communist Party.

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