Published on March 4, 2009
The ‘Petals of Peace’ project began with a little 3-year-old Australian girl. Here is her story: Four years ago a little girl was born in Australia. Her name was Fadu. Her mum, dad and all her relatives came from a beautiful land in the East.
This eastern land had magnificent mountains, exotic animals, like tigers and panda bears, and lakes filled with colourful lotus flowers.
This land had so many wonderful treasures as it was one of the oldest cultures in the whole world. When Fadu was little, she left Australia to visit this eastern land called China. All the rest of her family lived there, including her uncles, aunts and her dear old grandpa.
Fadu’s family enjoyed doing many things together. They ate with chopsticks, visited the markets, and went to the park each morning to practise ancient Chinese exercises called Falun Gong. The gentle stretching exercises made Fadu’s family very healthy, especially Fadu’s grandpa, who quickly became fit and well after being sick for a long time. They grew to be happier too, as they became more truthful, kind and patient towards each other. In this way, Fadu’s family planted seeds of goodness in their hearts that would one day blossom into something beautiful.
However, before long, the leader of this far-away land became jealous of the large numbers of people practising their exercises in the parks, and decided to change some of the rules. Suddenly, no one was allowed to do these gentle exercises any more. Fadu’s family felt very sad and could not understand why they were not allowed to do their exercises in the park any more. So, her dad wrote a letter to the leader explaining how his family had become healthier and was striving be more truthful, kind and patient. However, the leader refused to understand, and sent a few bad men to take Fadu’s dad away.
Fadu and her mum were very upset and they didn’t know where to find him. Sadly, they decided to return to Australia to wait for any news about Fadu’s Dad. They said goodbye to their aunts and uncles and dear old grandpa and left the beautiful far away land, hoping that one day they would be able to return.
Fadu and her mum missed the rest of their family very much, and worried about their safety. The world now seemed dark and very lonely. It was as if they were at the bottom of a murky pond and couldn’t find their way out. Fadu’s mum began to remember how the lotus plants she had seen in China began as little seeds in a muddy pond and were able to grow up out of the mud into the sunshine to become beautiful flowers.
After feeling sad for a while, Fadu and her Mum decided they didn’t want to live as though they were in a muddy pond. They stopped thinking about their own unhappiness and thought instead of all the children and people in the world who might be feeling sad over things that have happened in their lives. Their compassion and kindness deepened, and they decided to share their story and hope for a brighter future. They travelled around the world to share with people the importance of being truthful, kind, and patient.
In this way they were able to share seeds of goodness with children everywhere. Fadu and her mum found that they were not alone in their situation as so many people reached out with their hearts to comfort them. They in turn were able to comfort others. It was as though the sun had started to peep through the clouds and the little seeds of goodness began to grow. As they rose, not a single trace of mud was left as they unfolded into the most magnificent and beautiful lotus flowers that anyone had ever seen!
They sparkled in the sun like ‘Petals of Peace’ offering friendship and hope to children all over the world. Soon there was one for every child! Can you help make a lotus flower and send your good wishes to all children facing difficulties like little Fadu? Together we can make a lotus flower for others and, of course, we can make a very special one for you too! The theme and characters in this story are true. An estimated 100 million people now practise Falun Dafa in over 60 countries. However, today in its country of origin, China, it is sadly being persecuted due to its immense popularity. Fadu’s dad and grandpa have died as a result of the persecution and her aunty was illegally sentenced to two years to a forced labour camp. -April 2004
Acknowledgements: Text - written by Heidi Sibley, on the basis of Jane Dai and Fadu Chen’s true story. The photos used in this story were obtained with thanks to the following sources: Page 1 – Family Photo: Chengyong Chen, Fadu Chen, Jane Dai Page 2 – China Mountain Photo, Mr. Byron Jenner, Panda Bear – photographer unknown, lotus flower – ClearHarmony.net, 2003. Page 3 – Family photographs – Jane Dai., Jichang Park Postcard. Page 4 – Falun Gong Exercises, Photo: Falun Dafa Clearwisdom.net, Noodle Bowl, Photo: Margery Dunn, Fadu & Jane, Photo: Australian Falun Dafa Information Centre: falunau.org Page 5 – Group Practice, Chengdu, Photo: Falun Dafa Clearwisdom.net: Letter, Photo: Heidi Sibley Page 6 – Fadu & Jane, Photo: Australian Falun Dafa Information Centre: falunau.org Page 7 – Lotus, photographer unknown Page 8 – Jane & Fadu: Australian Falun Dafa Information Centre: falunau.org Page 9 – Hands holding lotus: Australian Falun Dafa Information Centre: falunau.org Page 10– Lotus, photographer unknown
Now that you've read Little Fadu's Story, let's learn how to fold a lotus flower! Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Turn over, and fold all four Fold the square sheet of Fold all four corners into Fold all four corners corners into the center. Make paper diagonally along the the center. into the center again crease, and then unfold. dotted lines. Crease and then unfold.
Step 5 Step 6 Turn over again and then lift each corner and fold along Turn over again and fold a, b, c, d into the center. This the forms four dotted line as shown (about ¾ of the way up). petals. * The height of the fold can be varied. Reduce the height for the bottom layer of petals. * Step 7 Step 8 Turn over and pull out the Turn over again. Hold down the center of the flower four corners (e, f, g, h) and gently ease the underneath corners (e, f, g, h) up Make more layers! (optional) under the flower to make another four petals. The lotus flower is made up of The corners can be pulled up higher if necessary several layers of petals(between 2- (for the inner layers of petals). To do this, put your 4 layers). The final layer of petals thumb on one of the black dots, and gently pull up is approximately one quarter of the the corresponding corner as far as possible, being initial paper size. careful not to tear the edges. Repeat for all corners. Repeat steps 1-8 with a new square sheet of paper to make another layer of petals. Use smaller squares for the inner layers of petals. Glue or tape the layers of petals on top of each other. How to Make the Leaf There are several different shapes you can use for the bottom leaf (round, hexagonal, 4-leaf). To make the leaf, use a square piece of green paper. The paper should be slightly larger than the bottom layer of petals. (go on to the next page)
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Fold paper in half along Fold in half again along Fold in half diagonally Cut the edges along dotted line dotted line dotted line along dotted line Golden Lotus Origami Step 5 Finished Flower (Three Layers) Unfold leaf. Glue flower in the center. Great job! You have folded petals of peace! Thank you for reading Little Fadu's Story and folding Petals of Peace with us today! With your help, we can let people around the world know about children like Fadu who are suffering in China. Let's share seeds of goodness with people everywhere! Please visit www.petalsofpeace.org for more information. ©2004 Petals of Peace
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