King’s College London (KCL) hosted a “Faith Fusion” event on March 23, 2017, as part of the university’s Interfaith Week to celebrate diversity and spirituality on campus. The event, billed as “a night where performing arts is blended with religion and culture,” brought together various student organizations to showcase diverse cultures and beliefs through dance, music and poetry.
The Falun Dafa Society participated in the festivities, introducing the peaceful spiritual practice (also known as Falun Gong) and raising awareness of the persecution it faces in China.
The Falun Dafa practitioners demonstrated the exercises that are a major part of the practice, and shared their experiences in living in accordance with Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. One practitioner explained how his father in China was imprisoned for 15 years for refusing to give up his practice of Falun Dafa. Several of the attendees were visibly moved by his story.
Emma, a KCL student organization coordinator and organizer of Faith Fusion, learned about Falun Dafa for the first time at the event. She said she was pleased to see the exercise demonstration and experience the immense energy manifested.
Emma said, “Many people still do not know about Falun Dafa and what is happening to it in China. Events like this are good to help students become aware of other cultures and beliefs.”
Seven young women from the KCL Hindu Association learned about Falun Gong for the first time that evening. One said, “You practitioners look very serene. You appeared to be in tranquility when you were sitting in meditation on the stage.”
Akshaya, President of the Hindu Association and the choreographer of a classical Indian dance performed at the event, was moved by the uncompromising courage of Falun Gong practitioners in China. She said, “This is our first time to learn about Falun Gong. We are all interested in it. The peace and tranquility are awesome!”
She continued, “The story of the persecution that the practitioner shared is moving. What I am impressed about most is that nearly 100 million people practice Falun Gong though it is persecuted in China.”
The Chair of the KCL Christian Association had heard of the persecution of Falun Gong previously, but learned more at Faith Fusion about what Falun Dafa really was, and came to better understand the worldwide efforts to end the persecution.
He said, “I know that Christians are also persecuted in China. People cannot live without faith. The story of Falun Gong suggests this too.”
He indicated that his faith in God gave him courage, hope and direction no matter what he faced in life. “From Falun Gong, I see the same hope,” he said.