Here are all you need to know about Falun Gong or Falun Dafa – a popular spiritual cultivation in China and the world.
What is Falun Gong?
Falun Gong, also commonly known as Falun Data, is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline. It consists of moral teachings and five gentle exercises that offer an effective and rewarding way to improve your health and energy levels.
At the core of the practice are the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance (Zhen – Shan – Ren in Chinese).
Falun Gong teaches that these are the most fundamental qualities of the universe, and takes them as a guide in daily life. Through consistent and dedicated practice, the student of Falun Gong strives to achieve a state of selflessness, greater insight and awareness, inner purity, and balance—a state of true health.
Falun Gong has brought improved health and well-being to more than 100 million people. The exercises can be learned free of charge from volunteers around the world.
How to cultivate mind and body?
The ancients believed that through disciplined spiritual practice, a human being is capable of transcending ordinary existence. They sought a higher state of being, free from the suffering and illusions of the ordinary world.
Attaining this state required moral rectitude, letting go of earthly desires, and the use of meditation and other techniques to improve mind and body.
Numerous schools of upright cultivation practice arose, each offering a principled path to spiritual growth. These traditions were quietly passed down over the ages from masters to disciples.
Falun Gong is one such practice, and is now available to everyone.
Health Benefits of Falun Dafa
Many people experience life-changing improvements in their physical and mental health through Falun Gong, explaining why it has grown so rapidly in popularity.
Widely enjoyed benefits include more restful sleep, less stress, increased energy, reduced irritability, and more.
Many report complete recovery from chronic disease including cancer, diabetes, hepatitis and heart disease. Others lose the urge to smoke and let go of tobacco and other addictions, as if overnight.
The range of experience is endless, but everyone who practices Falun Gong has a story to tell. Just ask!
Early days of Falun Gong in China
Falun Gong was passed down privately through generations in China, but only in 1992 was it first made public.
Falun Gong was introduced as a form of qigong, a practice many Chinese people turn to when ordinary health remedies fail. Unlike other practices that focus solely on exercises and meditation, Falun Gong places an emphasis on self-improvement— becoming a better person cultivating both mind and body.
People enjoyed not only newfound health with Falun Gong, but also a return to values and aspirations that anchor traditional Chinese culture. It soon became the most popular practice of its kind, growing mostly by word of mouth.
By the mid-1990s, the number of people practicing was growing exponentially. According to Chinese government estimates, 80 – 100 million people had taken up the practice by 1999. with the number increasing by thousands each clay.
Despite the many benefits Falun Gong brought to China and its people, top-level Party officials feared it. Practitioners outnumbered the 65 million Party members by a sizable margin, leading Party brass to perceive Falun Gong as a growing threat to their power. So they set out to crush it.
Why is Falun Dafa persecuted in China?
The complex rationale behind the persecution can be broken into four elements: a paranoid dictator’s fear of Falun Gong’s meteoric growth and soaring popularity; that same dictator’s intense jealousy of Falun Dafa’s popularity; the inherent conflict between the communist regime’s savage political ideology and its polar opposite – Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Benevolence, Forbearance; and the very nature of communism, which to sustain itself requires periodically labeling a small segment of the population as the “class enemy” to “struggle” against.
At the bottom of the page, a few often-cited explanations that stand on shaky reasoning are briefly examined as well:
- The numbers explanation: Falun Gong became too popular too fast.
- The control explanation: Falun Gong grew too independent for the Party’s liking
- The ideological gap explanation: Falun Gong promotes a set of values different from the Party’s
- The individual factor explanation: Jiang Zemin’s jealousy and opportunistic maneuvers played a decisive role
How did the persecution start?
For three years prior to the official launch of the nationwide persecution in July 1999, practitioners were under increasingly intense government oppression. As early as 1996, Falun Gong books were banned from publication, and the first article criticizing Falun Gong was published in a major state-run newspaper. By 1998 and 1999, the police were disrupting group exercise sessions in parks. Propaganda attacks smearing Falun Gong in the state-run media increased.
Following a series of events in April 1999 in which the police wrongly arrested and beat practitioners in Tianjin (please refer to Timeline for details), approximately 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered in Beijing to peacefully petition the State Council Appeals office on April 25, 1999, asking for the release of the arrested practitioners, a redress of the ban on Falun Gong books and an end to government harassment of the practice. Although the gathering was exceptionally peaceful, and then-Premier Zhu Rongji met with practitioners and agreed to honor their requests, the official oppression accelerated soon after this event.
On June 10, 1999, President Jiang Zemin established the 610 Office, a nationwide police agency with special authority over all local law enforcement bodies, governments and the courts, to spearhead the persecution of Falun Gong.
On July 20, 1999, the police conducted sweeping arrests of coordinators of Falun Gong exercise sites. On July 22 an all-out media blitz was launched against Falun Gong and the practice was officially declared banned. Since that time, the persecution has continued unabated, regardless of the fact that no actual law exists that establishes the ban or allows the persecution.
And continues today: Over 4,000 are confirmed dead as a result of the persecution, with many times that number killed in organ harvesting atrocities. Hundreds of thousands have been illegally arrested, detained and tortured. Countless families have been torn apart as Party officials coerce family members to turn against their loved ones who practice Falun Gong.
Falun Gong torture
In modern China under the rule of the Communist Party, torture is a routine component of law-enforcement and punishment. Indeed, there are laws prohibiting torture on the books, but these exist for the most part to create a facade of civilization and “rule of law” for the benefit of the West.
Anyone who is arrested in China for any reason is at risk of being tortured (with beating being the most common form), but those most at risk are individuals such as Falun Gong practitioners who have been declared enemies of the state. When Jiang Zemin issued his famous edict, “It is not a crime to beat a Falun Gong practitioner to death. If a Falun Gong practitioner is beaten to death, it is counted as a suicide.”– the police knew what it was they were supposed to do. Jiang made it clear to all that no abuse of any Falun Gong practitioner would be considered too extreme, and no abuse would be punished.
This section deals primarily with cases of Falun Gong practitioners being tortured over the past ten years of persecution. For more details concerning specific types of physical and mental torture commonly used in China’s police stations, detention centers, prisons, labor camps, and psychiatric institutions, please refer to the sub-menus in this section.
More detail: https://en.minghui.org/cc/5/
Falun Gong and organ harvesting
Mounting evidence tells a terrible tale of murder and mutilation in China. Reports from witnesses and Chinese physicians reveal that thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs, which are sold and transplanted at enormous profit in the transplant trade.
The perpetrators are officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), acting in collaboration with surgeons, prison authorities, and military officials.
Victims are held in concentration camps prior to having their organs harvested, after which the bodies are immediately cremated.
The story, almost too dreadful to believe, was first revealed in March 2006, when a woman claimed that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong had been killed for their organs at the hospital in which she had worked. She also said that her husband, a surgeon at the same hospital outside the northeastern city of Shenyang, had disclosed to her that he had removed cornea from the living bodies of 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners.
One week later, a Chinese military doctor not only corroborated the woman’s account but claimed that such atrocities were taking place in 36 different concentration camps throughout the country. The largest, he said, held 120,000 persons. He said he had also witnessed Falun Gong practitioners being massively transported across the country in cattle trains, at night and under the cover of tight security.
Falun Gong supporters and human rights activists overseas immediately began investigating the allegations. They placed calls to Chinese hospitals pretending to be shopping for a kidney or a liver. To their horror, one doctor after another openly confirmed: We’ve got Falun Gong in stock; just come in and we can get you the organ within a week.
Shocked by these reports, two prominent Canadian human rights lawyers launched their own investigation. In July 2006, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour and Human Rights lawyer David Matas published their 140-page report, which drew “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true.” Their research also concluded that the large number of organs transplanted in China since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999 could not possibly have been provided by voluntary donors or executed prisoners. See Bloody Harvest
Persecution Outside China
When criticized for its abysmal human rights record by Western governments, the Chinese communist regime’s default position is that “outsiders should not interfere with China’s internal affairs.”
But when it comes to controlling its citizens or advancing its own interests abroad, the CCP apparently considers what happens anywhere in the world to be its “internal affairs.” China’s interference in the affairs of other countries through its vast spy network is well documented, as is its policy of extending the persecution of Falun Gong outside its borders.
Falun Gong practitioners in North America, Europe, Australia, and many other places have frequently felt the weight of Chinese oppression. They have had their websites attacked, their personal computers filled with viruses, their phones bugged, their homes and vehicles broken into, and much more. They have even been physically attacked by CCP hirelings on more than one occasion.
Putting all the pieces together, a clear pattern emerges: the CCP considers anyone with a Chinese face its private property and believes it has absolute authority over that person anywhere in the world. And for Falun Gong practitioners who have been targeted for eradication in China, the situation is even worse, as the CCP will stop at nothing–not even its own borders–to pursue this irrational persecution.
The Practice of Falun Gong
This short video was voluntarily made by Western people who practice Falun Gong to help introduce the practice to Western viewers.
Falun Gong, the mind/body practice following the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, is practiced in over 100 countries around the world by people from all different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. Millions of people have benefited from better physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness from practicing Falun Gong.
Falun Gong is open to everyone and taught free of charge by volunteers.
Falun Dafa introduction video
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice that millions around the world have made a part of their lives. Rooted in Buddhist tradition, it consists of two main components: self-improvement through the study of teachings, and gentle exercises and meditation.
The belief system of Falun Dafa offers the possibility of spiritual growth through disciplined practice. Its teachings encourage learners to let go of unhealthy attachments as they strive to attune their lives to the underlying qualities of the universe: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
People who practice Falun Dafa often find it to be life-changing. Many experience dramatic health benefits as well as newfound energy, mental clarity, and stress relief. More importantly, many feel that in Falun Dafa they have found a deeply rewarding spiritual path.
Falun Gong exercises
You can see the exercises here: https://en.falundafa.org/falun-dafa-video-audio.html