MPs, Other Dignitaries Join Falun Dafa Celebrations
The lawn on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 9 resembled a ray of sunlight as hundreds of adherents of Falun Dafa wearing bright yellow shirts gathered in celebration of their traditional meditation practice handed down from ancient China.
The event, marking Falun Dafa Day, which is officially May 13, included demos of the practice’s meditative exercises as well as a parade, performances of Chinese dance, singing, and a performance by a waist drum troupe.
“Thank you for making Ottawa gloriously yellow today. … Thank you for bringing the Falun Dafa to Canada,” said veteran Liberal MP Judy Sgro, one of the over a dozen elected officials and other VIPs who spoke at the event.
“The messages that you deliver of peacefulness, compassion, respect, are the messages that all of us in Canada need to think about every single day,” Sgro said.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient meditation practice that was made public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in China in 1992 and then spread around the world. The practice consists of a set of gentle exercises and follows the moral principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
“It’s good to be with you again on Parliament Hill, and welcome,” said Peter Kent, a Conservative MP and former cabinet minister who has regularly attended Falun Dafa Day events in Ottawa and Toronto.
Kent conveyed greetings from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer: “Through the promotion of the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, millions of people around the world have benefited from the teachings of Falun Dafa.”