Shen Yun’s Maiden Voyage to Idaho Meets With Mindfulness

By Michael Fitzgerald, Epoch Times
January 19, 2016 11:51 pm Last Updated: January 20, 2016 10:45 am

BOISE, Idaho—Met by an eager audience at Boise’s Morrison Center, Shen Yun Performing Arts made its first ever appearance in Idaho on January 19.

“It’s a visual feast, it really is,” said retired therapist Mary Love Challenger. “Almost too difficult to describe because it’s so beautiful.”

“The colors are so rich, and the stories that are told are illustrated so beautifully,” added Michelle Tae, who attended the performance with Ms. Challenger. “It’s really, really wonderful.”

Ms. Tae, a Buddhist chaplain and mindfulness teacher at Mindfulness Center Idaho, was especially touched by the “richness of the dancing.”

“The moves are so beautiful and skilled,” she said.

Shen Yun seeks to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Through music, dance, and stories, Shen Yun portrays the divine link between humans, nature, and spirit.

Ms. Tae said she found wonder in the performance’s portrayal of the Buddha, she was pleased to experience the divinely inspired Chinese culture.

Ms. Challenger noted her surprise at finding out that Shen Yun cannot actually be seen in China today. She said she was struck by the fact that meditating can get people into serious trouble in today’s China—referring to the persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice based on gentle exercises and the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

“I thought that part was in the past,” she said.

“Same for me,” Ms. Tae added. “I was surprised to hear that.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.