PureInsight | June 20, 2005
Before July 20, 1999, there were 100 million Falun Gong practitioners in China. They often practiced the Falun Gong exercises outdoors as a group in their respective cities or regions. In this photograph, Falun Gong practitioners in red were forming "Falun Gong" in Chinese characters during a local Falun Gong practitioners' cultivation experience sharing conference.
D1 Falun Gong in the United States
Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, gave the first lecture on Falun Gong in the United States in Houston, Texas on October 12, 1996 and, thus, formally introduced Falun Gong to the United States. As of the beginning of June 2005, Falun Gong has received 1,129 proclamations from various levels of the United States government and legislative bodies.
D2 The Global SOS Walk and Caravan
Starting in July 2001, overseas Falun Gong practitioners embarked on a "Global SOS Walk," and car and bicycle caravans with the theme, "SOS: Urgent Rescue of Falun Gong practitioners in China." In this photograph, Falun Gong practitioners rallied in Washington, DC to call for the Chinese government to end its persecution against Falun Gong practitioners.
D3 Falun Gong in France
Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, gave his first lecture on Falun Gong in France on March 13, 1995. It was the inaugural lecture of Falun Gong outside of China. This marked the commencement of Falun Gong's presence outside of China. This photograph was taken during a candlelight vigil in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France to mourn for the Falun Gong practitioners slaughtered in China's persecution against Falun Gong practitioners since July 20, 1999.
D4 Falun Gong in Europe
Falun Gong practitioners' first cultivation experience sharing conference in Europe was held in Frankfurt, Germany on May 30 and 31, 1998. Today there are Falun Gong practitioners all over Europe. This photograph was taken in March 2003 when some Falun Gong practitioners were practicing the Falun Gong exercises as a group in Greece.
D5 Falun Gong Graced Greece
On March 25, 2005, the annual Independence Day in Greece, hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners came to Athens, Greece to promote Falun Gong in Greece. This photograph was taken when Falun Gong practitioners were practicing the Falun Gong exercises in Parthenon in the Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
D7 Falun Gong in Taiwan
Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, gave the first lecture on Falun Gong in Taipei, Taiwan on November 16, 1997 and, thus, officially introduced Falun Gong to Taiwan. After July 20, 1999, the number of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan continues to rise. The Taiwanese government and people are highly supportive of Falun Gong. Taiwan and China are both Chinese societies, but there is a sharp contrast between the two countries' attitudes towards Falun Gong.
D8 An Important Landmark of the Fa-Rectification
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party started to ban Falun Gong in China and to openly persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Meanwhile, Falun Gong practitioners from all over the world hurried to gather in the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, to appeal for the end of the persecution in front of the Chinese Embassy and to appeal for humanitarian support from the embassies of countries around the world, the United States government and the Congress, as well as international nongovernmental organizations to end the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners.
D9 World Falun Dafa Day
May 13th is the birthday of the founder of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongzhi. On May 13, 2000, Falun Dafa Associations in more than a dozen countries and cities outside of China jointly decided to name May 13th of every year "World Falun Dafa Day." From then on, every year around May 13th, Falun Dafa practitioners all over the world have held a series of activities to commemorate the occasion and have also sent birthday greetings to Mr. Li Hongzhi.
D10 Thousands of Practitioners Practicing the Falun Gong Exercises and Forming Chinese Characters in Taipei
Forming Chinese characters while practicing Falun Gong exercises is one of methods that Falun Gong practitioners frequently use to promote Falun Gong. The photograph was taken when thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan formed Chinese characters while practicing Falun Gong exercises in front of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Plaza in Taiwan in 2004.
D11 Light Shining Through the Darkness
As the night falls, the streets are enveloped by darkness and all is quiet. Falun Gong practitioners step forward to safeguard the Fa. Even if there are few practitioners in a gathering, the brilliance of Fa-rectification still shine upon the world's people.
D12 Australian Falun Gong Practitioners Participating in Anti-Persecution Activities
December 13th, 2004 was the World Human Rights Day. Falun Gong practitioners held anti-torture exhibits, the Wall of Courage, and group exercises in Sydney. In the photograph, Falun Gong practitioners were holding a group exercise under the trees.
D13 Falun Dafa in Australia
Mr. Li Hongzhi personally gave lectures to Falun Gong practitioners in Australia in August of 1996 and May of 1999. The photograph shows Faun Gong practitioners holding a group exercise in Brisbane, Australia.
D14 "Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance" Seen Everywhere in the Land of China
Falun Dafa began to spread in China on May 13, 1992. During the next several years, the number of people who practiced Falun Gong escalated rapidly. The giant characters of "Truthfulness Compassion Forbearance" could be seen everywhere in China, helping to improve people in Chinese society's moralities at that time.
D15 Falun Dafa in Europe
The blessed teachings of Falun Dafa have also reached countries in Eastern Europe that were former members of Soviet Communist bloc. In the photograph, Falun Gong practitioners in Europe held up a banner with the Chinese characters for "Falun Dafa" written on it.
D16 Forming the Chinese Character "Righteousness" and Sending Righteous Thoughts
Falun Dafa is a righteous teaching. Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, teaches his students that they must have righteous hearts. The photo was taken during a Falun Gong practitioners' experience sharing conference when Falun Gong practitioners formed the Chinese character for "righteousness" in New York City's Central Park and sent righteous thoughts.
D17 Falun Dafa in Hong Kong
On May 13, 1995, Mr. Li Hongzhi held a Fa lecture on Lantua Island in Hong Kong. After the Chinese regime began to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Hong Kong became the only place within the territory of Mainland China where Falun Gong practitioners could clarify the truth in public. A large number of visitors from Mainland China to Hong Kong have learned the truth about Falun Gong. The photograph shows Falun Gong practitioners in Hong Kong clarifying the facts about Falun Gong on the streets of Hong Kong.
D19 Parade of Falun Gong Practitioners
Falun Gong practitioners are shown wearing traditional Chinese costumes and holding Falun Gong flags. Because they demonstrate the genuine appearance of traditional Chinese culture, Falun Gong practitioners have been frequently invited to attend holiday parades in the West, leading westerners to a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture.
D20 Falun Gong in China
Before July 20, 1999, there were 100 million Falun Gong practitioners in China. They often practiced the Falun Gong exercises outdoors as a group in their respective cities or areas. In this photograph, Falun Gong practitioners in red were forming "Falun Gong" in Chinese characters during the period of a local Falun Gong practitioners' cultivation experience sharing conference.
D21 Vajra Toppling a Mountain
Falun Gong is a comprehensive mind-body cultivation system. Each student is taught Falun Gong's five sets of exercises when he first learns the practice. This photograph is a demonstration of a movement called "Vajra Toppling a Mountain." It is one of the movements in the first set of exercise called "Buddha Showing a Thousand Hands."
D22 Mourning for Murdered Fellow Falun Gong Practitioners
As of June 15, 2005, 2,543 Falun Gong practitioners have been verified as having been tortured to death in China since China started to openly persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. Because of the tight information blockade placed by the Chinese regime, the actual number of deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China is not known but it is believed to be significantly higher. For the past few years, since 1999, Falun Gong practitioners outside of China have been tirelessly urging the international society to help end the persecution. This photograph was taken of a parade of Falun Gong practitioners in New York City to mourn for their fallen fellow Falun Gong practitioners.
D23 Jietai Buddhist Monastery
Jietai Buddhist Monastery in Beijing has a lot of historic significance. On May 2, 1998, Falun Gong practitioners from all over China came to Jietai Buddhist Monastery to practice Falun Gong exercises, study Falun Gong's books and worship Lord Buddha. On that day, Falun Gong practitioners raised a banner and played Falun Gong music to celebrate the birthday of Lord Buddha. This magnificent and grand moment manifested the sacredness and solemnity of the Buddha Fa.
D24 A Righteous Energy Field
Falun Gong practitioners are enveloped in the righteous energy field that can rectify all abnormities. This photograph was taken when Falun Gong practitioners in New York City were practicing Falun Gong exercises in 2000.
D25 A Righteous Energy Field
Falun Gong practitioners are enveloped in the righteous energy field that can rectify all abnormities. This photograph was taken when Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore were practicing Falun Gong exercises in 2000.
D26 Global Coalition to Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice
Jiang Zemin is the No.1 villain in China's persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. It is the foremost mission for Falun Gong practitioners worldwide to bring Jiang Zemin to justice and set a good moral example for the world. In 2003, over 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world rallied in front of the United States' Capitol Hill to conduct a mock trial of Jiang Zemin.
D27 Falun Gong Parade
Falun Gong practitioners often promote Chinese culture and traditions to the world. This photograph was taken during a parade in a western community where female Falun Gong practitioners were dressed in traditional Chinese costumes to show their respect for the beautiful traditional moral values.
D28 Rotating the Law Wheel
The Holy King Who Turns the Wheel has come to the human realm to saves the cosmos's sentient beings under the title of Buddha Maitreya. Before July 20, 1999, there were 100 million people practicing Falun Gong in China. Back then, 100 million Falun Gong practitioners all over China still enjoyed the freedom to read Zhuan Falun in public, the main study material written by the founder of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongzhi.
D29 Falun Gong Practitioners' Parade
In July 2004, Falun Gong practitioners had a large parade in New York City's Chinatown. This is a photograph of a western Falun Gong practitioner playing the waist drum in the Chinese waist drum formation in the parade.
D30 Falun Gong Practitioners' Parade
Falun Gong is a great, high-level cultivation way of the Buddha School. Assimilation to the supreme nature of the universe, Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, is the foundation of cultivation practice. This is a photograph of a portion of the parade where Falun Gong practitioners express the beauty of the Heavenly Paradise of Buddha.
D31 Falun Gong Practitioners' Parade
Chinatown is the heart of the Chinese community in western countries. Falun Gong practitioners often have parades in Chinatown to help the overseas Chinese people build a positive impression of Falun Gong and help them see through the Chinese Communist Party's hate propaganda against Falun Gong.
D32 Global Coalition to Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice
Since October 2002, Falun Gong practitioners outside of China filed multiple lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the No.1 villain in China's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. This largest human rights lawsuit in history is targeted towards not only Jiang, but also Chinese government officials who have followed Jiang's lead and persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. The photograph shows Falun Gong practitioners outside of China urging the world's people to support the lawsuit against Jiang.
D33 Tens of Thousands of People in Taiwan Supporting the Lawsuit Against Jiang
On November 15, 2003, tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan gathered on Ketagalan Road in front of the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to show their support for the global lawsuits against Jiang. The photograph shows tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners practicing the Falun Gong exercises, which is also the largest group practice of Falun Gong practitioners after July 20th, 1999.
D34 Righteous Support in the US
On July 20, 2003, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners gathered in Washington D.C and held a series of activities, including parades and candlelight vigils, urging the Chinese regime to stop persecuting Falun Gong. A large number of U.S. senators and congressmen, from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, attended the news conference and spoke at the conference to support Falun Gong.
D36 Falun Gong Practitioners' Road to Justice
This photograph is the featured photograph of the exhibit and should be placed at the entrance of the exhibit.
D37 Falun Gong Practitioners' Cultivation Experience Sharing Conferences Worldwide
After July 20, 1999, Falun Gong practitioners worldwide established a tradition to have a cultivation experience sharing conference in their respective areas once a year. Each conference has a grand, solemn and sacred ambiance. It is said to be a pure land in the human realm.
D38 Falun Gong Practitioners' Road to Justice
This photograph is a good choice for the second featured photograph of the exhibit and should be placed at the entrance of the exhibit.
Translated from part 1 of http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/6/15/32752.html