By Chylene Ramsey
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline that was introduced into China in 1982 by Mr. Li Hongzi. The Chinese people, wearied and discouraged by decades of communist oppression, embraced this novel but ancient practice enthusiastically, with its tenet of “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance”, and found they reaped benefits of healthier bodies and had become better people overall as well.
But after an official investigation in 1999, the Chinese Communist Party leadership was shocked to discover that an estimated 70 to 100 million Chinese people all over China were practicing Falun Gong, and Jiang Zemin, the party dictator immediately strove to put a stop to it, by the most oppressive and brutal means possible.
The complex rationale behind the persecution of Falun Gong can be broken down into four elements: (a) a paranoid dictator, Jiang Zemin’s fear of Falun Gong’s meteoric growth and soaring popularity; (b) the same dictator’s intense jealousy of Falun Gong’s popularity; (c) the inherent conflict between the communist regime’s savage political ideology and its polar opposite—Falun Gong’s principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance”, and (d) 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.
The suffering and persecution of the Falun Gong in China as a result has been severe. Since the former leader of China, Jiang Zemin, began his persecution in 1999, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally arrested, detained, and/or abused by Chinese police.
Between 200,000 and 1 million have been illegally sent to forced labor camps without trials. Human rights workers have documented over 63,000 specific cases of torture or severe abuse. More than 1,000 healthy individuals have been incarcerated in mental hospitals and tortured there, an act condemned by the World Psychiatric Association.
More than 6,000 have been sentenced to prison terms of 20 years or more. At least 4,000 deaths through police abuse and torture have been confirmed, though government sources and organ harvesting investigations suggest the real number is in the tens of thousands.
Yet, practitioners of Falun Gong have responded only through non-violent means to these outrages, through legal channels. Even through the worst of abuses, there has not been one reported incident of any practitioner lifting their voice in outrage or their hand to do violence. Indeed, there have been incidents in forced labor camps where oppressed victims have converted their very oppressors with their examples of gentleness and benevolence.
Falun Dafa is a practice that has brought better health and inner peace to millions around the world. Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to eradicate it, Falun Dafa is now practiced in over 100 countries around the world, in thousands of locations.
Learning Falun Dafa is easy. It is a cultivation practice, which means the improvement of one’s mind and body through the study of universal principles based on Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. Practice” means doing exercises and meditation to energize the body.
We invite you to discover the extraordinary practice of Falun Dafa. You can start by watching the exercise video at www.falundafa.org. You can learn the exercises at a volunteer Falun Dafa site near you. If desired, learning materials may be purchased from Tanti Books, www.tiantibooks.org .
To find out more information about what you can do to help, or to learn more about Falun Dafa, go to www.faluninfo.net .
All Falun Dafa classes and lectures are free, and participation is strictly voluntary.