How Much Do We Get Paid to Tell People in Chinatown about Falun Gong?

By a Falun Gong practitioner in Philadelphia, PA, USA

( I am writing on behalf of a group of older ladies that practice Falun Gong in Philadelphia, PA. We can be found under the Chinatown Arch in Philadelphia every week, passing out free materials containing important facts about Falun Gong. We share with passersby what a wonderful cultivation practice Falun Gong is, and we tell them about the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal persecution against Falun Gong. Despite our best efforts, we know that many people have not had the time to stop and talk with us, but they have a lot of doubts about us and about Falun Gong.

We started practicing Falun Gong at different times and in different places, but we all share something in common: Falun Gong has given all of us good health. In fact, we have become so healthy that we hardly notice our advanced age. We have all volunteered to pass out materials containing important facts about Falun Gong at tourist attractions and in Chinatown year round, rain or shine. We do this to share with people the benefits of Falun Gong and to help the world understand what Falun Gong is about.

You wouldn’t know by looking at us that some of us used to suffer from many different, even some incurable, illnesses before we started practicing Falun Gong.

Ms. Sun, for example, used to suffer from severe emphysema. She had bronchitis and difficulties with her heart. The doctors told her that they could no longer do anything for her. People said she only had “half a life left”, which in Mandarin means that she could have died at any time, yet she was completely free of all of her illnesses after she started practicing Falun Gong.

Take Ms. Wang as another example. She used to suffer from a strange dermatological problem that caused the skin on her legs to be incredibly rough. Peeling back the crusty skin would cause excruciating pain. Ms. Sun sought medical treatment everywhere, but no doctor could do anything for her. However, after she listened to Master Li’s nine-day Fa lectures, the crusty skin disappeared. The skin on her legs is now smooth and looks healthy.

There is a Chinese saying, “One should repay a favor in multitude.” We have all enjoyed many other benefits of Falun Gong aside from just the health benefits. It has taught us to conduct ourselves in a righteous manner, to be thoughtful of others at all times, to comply with Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, to speak only the truth, to do things honestly, to be kind and tolerant of others, etc. Falun Gong is such a wonderful cultivation practice. Needless to say, we feel compelled to take a stand and defend Falun Gong against the CCP’s hateful propaganda and brutal persecution.

Some might ask, “If Falun Gong is so wonderful, why is it banned in China?” That is exactly what we would like to explain to the world and what we have been doing.

In an attempt to sustain its rule, the Chinese Communist Party has been suppressing or controlling all of the religions and spiritual faiths in China. Falun Gong, a popular spiritual faith that was first introduced in China in 1992 and quickly amassed approximately 100 millions practitioners in China alone by 1999, became a major target. In fact, the CCP has spared no expense in creating hate propaganda against Falun Gong and in suppressing Falun Gong.

We are compelled to share these important facts with the world so that those who have fallen prey to the CCP’s hateful propaganda will have a chance to reflect upon the subject and know the facts about Falun Gong.

These are the messages that we have been trying to convey in Chinatown. Some have come to us and asked us to make a public announcement for them to quit the Chinese Communist Party and/or its two affiliated student organizations. We believe that they have made a good decision for their future.

However, there are some people who have fallen prey to the CCP’s hateful propaganda and made a baseless accusation, “You have come to Chinatown to do this ‘work’ because you have been paid to hand out these materials.” Some have even questioned us directly, “How much do you get paid a day for doing this?” Each time we tell them the truth, “No one gives us any money. The desire to do this comes from the heart. We are contributing to a selfless cause. You cannot put a price on our hearts.”

Some have asked, “You do not charge people for these materials. Where did you get the money to produce these materials?” We have always told them the truth, “We Falun Gong practitioners have paid for them out of our own pockets.”

The power of righteous faith is boundless. The CCP, which is incapable of having anyone work for it without money, can never understand this. Despite the amount of resources that the CCP has poured into suppressing Falun Gong, the number of Falun Gong practitioners is growing. The CCP, on the other hand, will soon face its ultimate disintegration and trial.

Posting date: 4/22/2010
Category: Opinions
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