Resolution J1768-2013

Commemorating the 14th Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13-14, 2013

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the 14th Annual World Falun Dafa
Day Celebration, to be observed May 13-14, 2013

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate  the  14th
Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13-14, 2013;
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 special exercises and meditation; and
  WHEREAS,  This  special  event  observes  the day Falun Dafa was first
introduced to the general public in May of 1992, in Changchun, China, by
Mr. Li Hongzhi; he then traveled around China lecturing to  the  public;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  impact his lectures had on the society was so profound,
that the practice spread very rapidly by word of mouth alone;  by  1998,
it  was  estimated  that 100 million people had taken up the practice in
China; and
  WHEREAS, The practice of Falun Dafa is simple; it  consists  primarily
of  two  components,  self-improvement through study and the practice of
five gentle exercises; and
  WHEREAS, Practitioners of Falun Dafa strive to live by the  principles
of  Truthfulness,  Compassion  and Forbearance in order 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 have attracted people in more  than  40
countries; 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, Today, Falun Dafa is practiced and cherished by  millions  of
people  in  more  than 114 countries and has received over 3,000 awards;
and
  WHEREAS, Falun Dafa is a practice which has brought better health  and
inner peace to millions around the world; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 14th Annual World Falun  Dafa  Day  Celebration,  to  be
observed May 13-14, 2013; 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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