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  88R29763 TBO-D
  By: Paxton S.R. No. 550
         WHEREAS, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual
  practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture and Buddhist traditions,
  which millions of people around the world have incorporated into
  their lives; and
         WHEREAS, In 1992, Falun Dafa was introduced to the public in
  China by founder Li Hongzhi; by the end of the decade, it had
  attracted around 100 million followers, and today it is practiced
  in more than 70 countries across the globe; and
         WHEREAS, Falun Dafa emphasizes the attainment of spiritual
  growth through the study of Falun Dafa teachings and through gentle
  exercises and meditation; its teachings encourage learners to let
  go of unhealthy attachments as they strive to attune their lives to
  the universal qualities of truth, compassion, and forbearance; and
         WHEREAS, Since 1999, tens of millions of Falun Dafa
  practitioners in China have been persecuted for their beliefs and
  have lived under the threat of abduction, imprisonment, or worse;
  Falun Dafa members have courageously stood up for their right to
  practice, and in so doing, they have demonstrated the value of life
  and human dignity in the face of oppression; and
         WHEREAS, Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, has worked
  tirelessly to convey the tenets of Falun Dafa in a way that
  transcends cultural and racial boundaries; the movement was
  introduced to the state of Texas in 1994, and since then, over a
  dozen practice sites have been established within the state; local
  Falun Dafa members have enriched the lives of many fellow Texans by
  sharing their beliefs and practices through workshops, clubs, and
  cultural events; and
         WHEREAS, Followers of Falun Dafa constitute an important part
  of the diverse cultural fabric of Texas, and Falun Dafa Day provides
  a fitting opportunity to recognize their inspiring devotion to the
  teachings of their faith and to the ideals of peace and freedom;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 88th Texas Legislature
  hereby recognize May 13, 2023, as Falun Dafa Day and extend sincere
  best wishes to all practitioners of Falun Dafa who call our state