J4488

Commemorating the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day celebration, to be observed May 13, 2018

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J4488


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa
Day celebration, to be observed May 13, 2018

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the 19th
Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13, 2018;
and
WHEREAS, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a self-improvement
practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture based on refining the body
and mind through meditation and four gentle exercises; and
WHEREAS, Practitioners of Falun Dafa strive to live by the principles
of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance to improve their moral nature,
and in turn, to experience remarkable health benefits; and
WHEREAS, The practice of Falun Dafa goes beyond the pursuit of health
and fitness to the goal of greater wisdom and enlightenment; and
WHEREAS, The Falun Dafa philosophy espouses the idea that when the
heart is pure, the mind balanced, and the body energized, health and
happiness are a natural outcome; individuals have been empowered to
leave behind addictions and bad habits; families, to live in peace
together; and communities, to embrace what is virtuous and life-affirm-
ing; and
WHEREAS, The effectiveness of Falun Dafa in improving health, as well
as the principles upon which it is founded, have proven to be immensely
popular throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, Falun Dafa is a practice which has brought better health and
inner peace to millions around the world; and
WHEREAS, Today, Falun Dafa is practiced and cherished by millions of
people in more than 70 countries with 41 languages and has received over
3,000 awards; and
WHEREAS, May 13th observes the day Falun Dafa was first introduced to
the general public in 1992, in Changchun, China, by Mr. Li Hongzhi, who
then traveled around China lecturing to the public; and
WHEREAS, The impact Mr. Li's lectures had on the society was so
profound, that the practice spread very rapidly by word of mouth alone;
by 1999, it was estimated that 100 million people were practicing Falun
Dafa; and
WHEREAS, To the people of China, Falun Dafa provides a source of
strength in the face of oppression; although the practice is banned in
the land of its origin, practitioners persevere in the pursuit of their
spiritual beliefs, risking imprisonment or worse; and
WHEREAS, In 1996, Falun Dafa was introduced to New York, and has since
grown to include hundreds of practitioners who can be found throughout
the tri-state area offering workshops in senior centers, corporate
offices, health clubs, private residences and police stations at no cost
to the participants; and
WHEREAS, World Falun Dafa Day Celebrations of all types have been held
in the State of New York and around the world each year to honor the
occasion, to celebrate the benefits of Falun Dafa in the lives of prac-
titioners, to introduce Falun Dafa to more people and to raise awareness
about persecution faced by practitioners in China; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be
observed May 13, 2018; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Falun Dafa practitioners of New York State.

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  • 06 / Apr / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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