Sacred art helps Texans see truth and beauty
Beautiful paintings in the “The Art of Zhen Shan Ren” international art exhibition warn residents of Texas of the real danger of unintentionally becoming involved in murder.
Paintings of pure beauty and evil hang side by side in the exhibit at the Gallery @ Courtyard in Plano, Texas. The 22 paintings, made by internationally renowned artists, show both the profound beauty of the Chinese spiritual discipline of Falun Gong and the sheer evil of the torture and forced organ harvesting practiced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). on Falun Gong practitioners simply because they practice their faith.
All of the artists featured in the exhibit practice Falun Gong, a faith that believes “Zhen, Shan, Ren” (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) are the fundamental characteristics of the universe. With the study and five meditative exercises, Falun Gong practitioners strive to align with these three basic characteristics.
Many of the paintings on display allow viewers to glimpse the artists’ personal spiritual practice, their experiences in the practice, and their visions of Heaven. Some paintings explore the universal themes of good is rewarded and evil punished, and devout resilience in the face of adversity. And each painting is imbued with the artist’s selfless intention to be a better person.
“Art can hasten the rise or fall of people’s moral standards. [Good artwork] can broaden people’s minds… by making them more noble, ”Zhang Kunlun, one of the artists involved in the exhibition, told NTD., a media partner of Epoch Times. He went on to say, “If an artist wants to produce good works of art, the artist must first be a good person, a person with a higher moral standard than others. When you create art, you have to continually purify yourself.
Buddhas, taos and gods, overflowing with divine grace and mercy, fill the celestial realms in some paintings. And the depths of hell are shown in others, but not to show demons. Evil is only shown as part of a full story. Therefore, good is rewarded and evil is punished.
Some of the paintings show the persecution of Falun Gong adherents in China. Since July 20, 1999, On the orders of former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, the Communist regime systematically tortured practitioners to force them to renounce their faith. Rape, torture and forced labor are some of the methods used by the Communist regime to this day. Yet, practitioners in some of the paintings experiencing such persecution exude a peaceful inner strength and tenacious spirit – strangely, even a kind of serenity as they stand up for their faith.
And then there are paintings that present what we have called “A new form of evil on this planet” by a prominent human rights lawyer: forced organ harvesting.
“Art is really deep. It is a profound expression of the horrors of forced organ harvesting in Communist China. … It’s a very, very powerful exhibition, ”Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen told NTD at the Plano exhibit opening. Shaheen serves the citizens of District 66 in the Texas House of Representatives, representing West Plano and Far North of Dallas.
Looking at the paintings, retired economics professor Lydia Ortega told NTD, “Bring handkerchiefs, okay. Because this exhibition will touch you. And that’s the way paintings and works of art go – it touches your heart, when you see what people are saying and recognize the truth of it.
A sickening trade
Every year, thousands of desperately ill people from all over the world come to China in the hope of getting an organ transplant. In most countries, an organ donation match takes a considerable amount of time to organize, but in China, a match can be found in as little as two weeks. This is because the CCP forcibly removes these organs from prisoners of conscience. Falun Gong practitioners are believed to be the main victims of this state-sanctioned organ harvesting.
Texans may have been more aware of Communist China’s human rights tragedy since June 7, when Texas officially and unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the systematic murder by the Chinese regime of prisoners of conscience for their organs. The resolution warns citizens of Texas that if they travel to China for an organ transplant, they could “be unintentionally involved in murder in the form of forced organ harvesting.”
Shaheen, the main sponsor of the resolution, told NTD, “It is really important that the state of Texas takes a stand up to condemning the practice of the Chinese government and the forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and really a lot of religions. and the religions that are practiced in China.
Falun Gong practitioner Adam Yao was at the inauguration of the Plano exhibition. He gave the final speech at the opening presentation, sharing how he was one of those who suffered terrifying torture while illegally detained in a Chinese prison. He feels lucky to be one of the few who escaped (from the hospital where he was sent for wounds in prison) to seek asylum in America. “But there are still many fellow practitioners who are still being persecuted and threatened with organ harvesting,” he said.
“The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Art Exhibition,” runs through July 2 at the Gallery @ Courtyard in Plano, Texas. From July 8 to 22, the exhibition will be presented at James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Veterans Memorial Building in Atlanta, Georgia.
Eva Fu and NTD contributed to this article.