SAN FRANCISCO—A truck with LED digital billboards drives by, distinguishing itself from the remainder of town’s visitors. The colourful screens, that are mounted on three sides of the car, repeatedly play movies of individuals doing slow-moving workouts. On the entrance, a flower-bordered signal reads: “Falun Dafa is Good.”
Dan Ngo, a neighborhood Falun Gong practitioner, owns the truck. He put a number of effort into getting the truck prepared in time for the parade to have fun World Falun Dafa Day, which formally takes place on Could 13 annually.
His objective is to attract consideration in order that extra individuals can see what Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, is all about.
“The truck really brings out new concepts for individuals to take a look at,” Ngo informed NTD Information. “The content material really will get individuals to really see what it’s.”
He began studying Falun Gong in 2017, initially simply to please his spouse. Nevertheless, after he began to learn the apply’s important e book “Zhuan Falun” and utilized its teachings, he turned a greater individual.
“I’m really a method higher father,” he stated. “All the pieces I do, earlier than I say something, I really look internally now. Enterprise-wise, work-wise, I [look at] everyone with a special perspective… and the three phrases, I at all times bear in mind [them] on a regular basis.”
Falun Gong’s teachings are based mostly on the rules of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Together with doing the 5 units of workouts, practitioners stay a wholesome life in concord with their surrounding atmosphere.
Chief of the Band
Abraham Thompson leads the Tian Guo Marching Band. He has been a Falun Gong practitioner for nearly 20 years.
He first realized it from a buddy in Santa Cruz. He purchased “Zhuan Falun” and couldn’t put it down.
“I used to be very drawn to this e book and the rules inside it—to improve your ethical character and to place Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance into your life to develop into a greater and higher individual, and lift your self spiritually. These issues actually had been engaging to me,” Thompson informed NTD Information.
He stated he at all times felt there was extra which means and a much bigger goal to life. When he put these rules into apply, he felt that his life improved.
“The very first thing I seen is I turned extra comfortable,” he stated, “after I began changing into extra truthful, after I began fascinated about different individuals first, placing compassion into my life. After I began being extra tolerant of individuals, I began to develop into extra comfortable as a result of I wasn’t upset by the way in which different individuals handled me. If somebody did one thing unhealthy to me, I’d say, ‘Effectively, how can I enhance?’ somewhat than asking how different individuals may enhance.”
He additionally turned extra clear-minded and targeted on what’s essential to him in life.
After the persecution began in China in 1999, he puzzled what he may do to inform individuals about Falun Gong and the reality of the apply.
The marching band was first fashioned in New York they usually needed to develop by creating one in San Francisco too.
“A few of us native practitioners, we stated, ‘Let’s pull individuals collectively and begin a band,’” Thompson stated. “I’ve expertise with music from the previous in percussion and so I began serving to to develop the drum workforce. After which they wanted a conductor and I used to be good with rhythm, and so I naturally turned the conductor.”
He stated he feels actually optimistic when he marches with the entire band and sees bystanders clapping alongside and having fun with the music.
“That’s actually on the core of us, is eager to share the fantastic thing about Falun Dafa with the group as a result of we’ve all benefited a lot from it. However we additionally wish to assist the individuals in China who’re being persecuted,” he stated.
Many pedestrians stopped to look at one of many first large-scale parades because the pandemic and lockdowns began.
“The magnitude of all of the individuals simply coming collectively and simply the peace after which the attractive wind. I believe God simply form of despatched that, on the time that everybody was marching down the road. It’s simply very religious,” Daybreak, a Sacramento resident, informed NTD Information.
She got here to town together with her household for the weekend to have fun Mom’s Day.
“That is attractive,” Renuka Zellars, from India, informed NTD Information. “I really like the music… the meditation. I want to be taught extra about it.”
“After I first noticed it, I had goosebumps as a result of it was so touching, so soothing—meditation. That’s what we want these days on this world, proper? This can be a nice feeling. I adore it,” Zellars stated.
“It’s very stunning and I really feel prefer it’s very empowering, and I really feel prefer it sends a message,” Irene Brizuela, from Silicon Valley, informed NTD Information. “Peaceable, like a peaceable vibe.”
“Meditation is sweet for the soul, particularly given the yr we’ve had,” Sheila Beakin, from Laguna Seashore, informed NTD Information.