Falun Dafa is a holistic and advanced cultivation practice in accordance
with the essential nature of the universe: Truthfulness, Compassion, and
Forbearance. The “cultivation” aspect means improving one’s heart/mind
nature and moral qualities in accordance with the universal principles
of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance in daily life, in order to
reach harmony with the universe. The “practice” aspect is practicing
five sets of exercises, each having a specific body purification and
strengthening purpose. The movements are slow, elegant, and suitable for
people of all ages.
Falun Dafa distinguishes itself from other Qigongs in its connection to
and focus on the spiritual root. Most Qigongs center on medical and
health benefits; whereas Falun Dafa is about refining one’s mind and
moral qualities first and enhancing one’s health secondarily. Through
assimilating to the universal principles and practicing five sets of
exercises, practitioners are able to achieve inner peace, spiritual
purity, physical health, and reach enlightenment in one lifetime. No
other Qigong can provide all of these benefits.
All Falun Dafa activities are free of charge and are open to everyone,
unlike the majority of other Qigongs. Books and videotapes can be freely
downloaded from the Internet. Worldwide practice locations, contacts and
other information can be found at
Editor's Note: There is a lot on the
internet from reliable sources that supports many of David's claims, but
in the interests of balance, I wanted to check the Chinese position on
their official government website;
I put the term "Falun Dafa" in the search
box and pressed the 'enter' key. The screen went blank; "Internet
Explorer cannot display the web page..."
Persecution In China
When Falun Dafa was first introduced to the public in China in 1992, it
was very well received by the people and the Government. The
transformation of Falun Dafa, from a humble practice known to a few who
gathered in a park in northeastern China, to a global phenomenon that
includes over 100 million practitioners in over 100 countries, in a few
short years, is a remarkable reflection on the righteousness of Master
Li Hongzhi’s teachings.
Unfortunately, Falun Dafa’s growing popularity began to concern some
Chinese government officials who perceived it as a threat to their
power. On July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin officially launched a campaign to
eradicate Falun Dafa within 3 months—and so began the persecution.
Practitioners are harassed, denounced, tortured to death, fined,
imprisoned and forced to choose between practicing Falun Dafa and
keeping their jobs, education, pensions, homes and families. The
government is not content with stopping the practice, it also expects
people to totally renounce and denigrate the practice. To this end,
severe beatings and torture are employed. As of early February 2002, 370
people have died while in police custody or shortly after release.
Because of the government’s restriction on information, it is impossible
to determine accurately the exact number of practitioners murdered while
in detention. From July 1999 to June 2001, 50,00 people have been
illegally detained, 10,000 have been sent to labor camps without any
trial, over 600 have been abused in psychiatric facilities, and over 500
have been given prolonged jail terms just for promoting and practicing
Falun Dafa. Now in 2012 the above numbers have increased over 10 fold
and the cruel persecution continues. The Chinese government have also
built over 25 concentration camps, like Auschwitz, mainly for Falun Dafa
practitioners, subjecting them to cruel and inhumane treatment. Falun
Gong practitioners are also victims of live organ harvesting throughout
China, where over 80,000 organs transplanted by the state since 1999
have been unaccounted for.
Jiang Zemin declared Falun Dafa to be illegal, evil, and subversive to
justify his extensive and severe persecution tactics. On June 10, 2001,
China passed a new legal directive allowing the death penalty to be
invoked in certain instances.
Many kind-hearted people, human rights organizations, governmental and
non-governmental agencies, and other groups around the world, have
spoken out and condemned Jiang’s severe persecution of Falun Dafa. Your
help can make a difference. Here are some things you can do: contact
your local Falun Dafa group for more information; write to your
government representatives expressing your concern; sign petitions
circulated by local practitioners. Or check out
In conclusion, I hope that this brief article will raise your awareness
of Falun Dafa and motivate you to look for practitioners in your area
and give it a try. Perhaps you will play a part in stopping the
persecution in China. Falun Dafa practitioners simply want everyone to
benefit from this gentle, non-political, non-violent way of life, and to
provide the same opportunity to the people in China without fear for
their personal safety.
The author (right) and myself at Battle in
Hastings, East Sussex, October 2001.
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