What to learn: The 9-Day Falun Dafa Workshop Series includes a series of Nine-Lectures on what, why, how, and more about this self-cultivation system, and five meditation exercises. Taught systematically.
Manhattan July 2 - Tianti Books, the specialty bookstore for Falun Dafa learning book and other learning materials, has been selected for the 2015 Best of Manhattan Award in the Book Stores category by the Manhattan Award Program.
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Tianti Books is headquarted in New York City. Tianti online store serves new and experienced learners worldwide since 2007. Tianti physical store in midtown Manhattan has become the world's destination store of Falun Dafa books. It carries books in 32 languages, other learning materials such as video and audio, and hosts 9-day Dafa mediation workshop every other month in midtown Manhattan. Tianti Korean branch was newly opened on July 1st. Tianti headquarter is working on adding a specialty coffee house to the Manhattan store.
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(Minghui.org) The Tianti Bookstore in Manhattan is a very quiet oasis in a large and noisy city.
Every other month the bookstore hosts a free 9-day Falun Dafa class. Most of the students in the latest class had heard about it through word of mouth.
The class started shortly after the annual Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference held in the city on May 14, 2015.
Some of the over 8,300 Falun Dafa practitioners from around the world who attended the conference visited “Tianti,” which means “a ladder to heaven” in Chinese. It is a specialty bookstore that sells only Falun Dafa books.
With a cup of coffee in hand, looking at shelves of yellow and blue Falun Dafa books, many visitors commented that the atmosphere in the store was unique, like a quiet island in a busy, noisy city.
A volunteer who teaches the exercises at the store said the 9-day class is the most effective and systematic way to learn Falun Dafa. The students watch a video of Master Li Hongzhi teaching for about an hour and a half, followed by learning the exercises for 30 minutes.
Students often benefit more from the 9-day-class than reading the book Zhuan Falun individually or in a group, even though the content is the same.
The bookstore staff didn't have time to promote the class because of the conference, but the word got out through word of mouth.
Mr. “Muscle” lives nearby, so he often walks by the bookstore. He was curious about the “9-day-class” advertised out front for a long time. He recently developed an interest in meditation so he decided to come into the store and learn about the practice.
After nine days, this man, who is often under stress, felt relaxed in both body and mind.
A non-Asian-looking man came into the store and spoke fluent Chinese. He said he had seen many Falun Dafa practitioners at tourist sites when he visited Australia. He then found an acting job with a Chinese TV station and lived in China for six years.
Chinese state-controlled TV often criticizes and slanders Falun Gong, but no one had dared or cared to explain the truth about Falun Gong to him.
Four days before the class started, he was in New York and saw a group of people doing gentle exercises not far from the bookstore. He joined them without asking what it was. When they finished, he learned it was Falun Gong.
“Falun Gong again?” he marveled. His curiosity was aroused, so when someone recommended that he go to the bookstore, he signed up for the 9-day-class.
Deborah (one) is a college student who started practicing Falun Dafa in 2013, after her parents took up the practice. She enjoyed attending a 9-day class during her summer break from school, and shared a few personal stories about how she benefited from practicing Falun Dafa. She encouraged other new students to be diligent.
Deborah (two) had also practiced Falun Dafa for a while. However, she said she still learned a lot from the 9-day-class. For example, she used to treat doing the exercises like housework, just moving her arms and legs without thinking anything deeper. The class changed her. She is now practicing Falun Dafa diligently.
Kim is a student at Columbia University. She heard about the 9-day-class from the Falun Gong Club at school. She said she would join the group exercise practice at the university from now on, and participate in weekend events at the Tianti Bookstore.
The 9-day Falun Dafa class is taught in English and is free to the public.
Tianti Specialty Bookstore220 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001Phone: 1-888-842-6845 (Toll free in north America)Phone: 1-201-897-8788 (International)http://tiantibooks.org
(Minghui.org) The Nine-day Falun Dafa seminar concluded on March 24 at Tianti Books in Manhattan. I was one of the students. It was the second time my husband and I attended the seminar since we enjoyed it so much the first time.
My husband has become younger and wiser since the previous seminar. I am happy for him.
The group was so solid and punctual during the nine days. They showed great interest in learning the discipline and held their enthusiasm until the very last minute.
Susan from Canada traveled to New York with the sole purpose of attending this seminar. Susan stayed at a hotel for her trip. She was so grateful for this opportunity!
We watched the nine-day video lectures given by Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, and learned the five sets of Falun Dafa exercises.
This was also the second time for David and Kevin. They cherished this second opportunity as a way to improve their exercise movements and to deepen their knowledge of the profound Falun Dafa teachings.
David mentioned that he felt that Master Li was right there with the group because of the energy field during the seminar. “His tone of voice is very soothing,” he added. He also confessed he was a very moody person. But during these nine days, he was able to control his temper and felt calm and relaxed.
Asher, a brand new student, decided to attend the class on his way to his acupuncture appointment. After listening to a brief introduction and sharing by a Tianti staff member, he thought that he had better stay at Tianti so as not to miss the opportunity to find out something that might be better than acupuncture.
He took a front seat and wouldn't leave the bookstore for his appointment. He explained that he was afraid that he might not be able to make his way back on time if he left the store for something else. He thus waited about two hours for the lecture to start.
Asher shared at the end the improvements he experienced during the seminar. He said that he didn't used to be able to bear losing an argument when talking to people, but after he listened to Master’s teachings somehow he lost interest in this, and now he didn't care if the other person had the last word. He just doesn’t want to talk back anymore.
Holly, who has been practicing for some years and attended the seminar as a refresher, told the group that she had practiced other disciplines, but she never reached such a peaceful state of mind like the one she is able to reach with Falun Dafa.
Susan said she started practicing Falun Dafa about a year ago. She said she used to suffer many ailments. She had pain in her shoulder when this seminar started, which she understood to be a part of her process of eliminating karma.
After three days, she noticed that the pain had disappeared. She also had difficulties doing the exercise daily by herself, “as if something was preventing me from practicing every day,” she said. However, before the end of the nine-day seminar, she happily announced that she had resumed doing the Falun Dafa exercises daily.
(Minghui.org) Despite two potentially massive snowstorms in New York in the past two weeks, attendees of a nine-day Falun Dafa video-lecture seminar managed not to miss even one day.
The seminar, held at Tianti Books in Manhattan, was originally scheduled to begin on January 26, 2015. Unfortunately, the weather forecast predicted a possibly catastrophic blizzard in the Northeast U.S. that day. Flights and schools were canceled. Subways and trains were shut down. The New York governor issued a travel ban on the 26th, asking people to stay at home that night. The lecture seminar had to be postponed for two days.
Six days into the nine-day seminar, a similar super snowstorm was about to hit again. Students who had been attending the class were facing the dilemma of whether to attend the class.
Diana, seven months pregnant with twins, was one of them. She had learned about the video-lecture series a year ago, but hadn't found the time to attend. Knowing she would have even less time to spare once the babies arrived, she was determined to complete the seminar this time.
“If I weren't pregnant and so uneasy on my feet, this weather would not keep me away from the workshop,” explained Diana. “The other day I slipped even getting out of a cab!”
A volunteer told Diana that it was totally understandable if she could not make it to the class on the sixth day and encouraged her to make it up later.
Those who came on time agreed to wait for those who were late because of the weather. It turned out that no one skipped class that day.
When Diana was climbing up the stairs, another student greeted her excitedly, “Welcome, the three of you!”
This class of students represented the spirit of New York City, a melting pot. They came from nine countries: the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Romania, China, Guatemala, Iran, Japan, and Argentina.