Introduction to Falun Gong & Falun Dafa:
Quotations, terms, symbol, & important texts:
- Adam Montanaro, Falun Gong practitioner in the U.S.): "The picture doesn't add up. What I see here with these people and what they're doing, they seem very normal people. They're from all walks of life; and then on the other side you've got this picture that the Chinese government is painting, and the two just don't match."
- Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Gong:"Falun Gong [is ]the most powerful cultivation system based on the supreme truth of the cosmos "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance'."
- Book review "by James A Fogarty, Jr. of the book: "Zhuan Falun: The Complete Teachings of Falun Gong"
by Li Hongzhi: "I enjoyed this book very much. So much so, that I began practicing Falun Gong regularly. Originally, I was taken aback by the publicity and controversy surrounding this practice and its persecution in China. It seemed reasonable that there must be a sinister aspect to it - otherwise, why would the Chinese government persecute it? As I looked into the matter further, I realized that there was no justification for its' persecution. The practice teaches a whole new level of personal responsibility, and placing value on virtue and goodness - it has nothing to do with communist Chinese doctrine or regulation."
The movement is named: Falun Dafa. Elements of the name mean:
||"Fa" means the law and principles of the universe.
||"Lun" means wheel.
||"Da" means great.
Falun Dafa may be translated as "the Great Law Wheel," or the "Great Law of the Wheel of Dharma."
"Gong" is an abbreviation of "Qigong" which means "cultivation
and practice." So Falun Gong may be translated as "cultivation and
practice of the great law wheel." 1
The practice of Falun Gong is composed of two components:
||A moral philosophy for self-improvement, and
Five sets of "qi" exercises, done to Chinese
music and involving lotus postures and hand movements. Qi:
"... refers to the most
fundamental concept of the Chinese cosmology and has been interpreted as
'steam' or 'breath,' the life-force, the fundamental element of the
Creation and the energy of every form of existence, including human
Falun Dafa is
the spiritual movement that practices Falun Gong. Increasingly, the
movement itself is being called Falun Gong.
Some terms used by the Falun Dafa:
The Falun Dafa symbol is circular and is composed of a large
counterclockwise-pointing srivatsa symbol at its center: . This a symbol of the Buddha School
which means to be fortunate. It has also been used in Jainism, Hinduism,
Christianity, Judaism, the ancient Greeks, Germanic tribes, and Native
During the 1930's, the Nazi party
in Germany adopted the symbol, rotated and distorted it, and called it a swastika; this was
a German translation of the original sanskrit word "srivatsa." Falun Dafa has no connection with fascism or the German Nazi movement.
The srivatsa is
||four smaller srivatsas
||two red/blue Yin-Yang symbols
||two red/black Yin-Yang symbols.
It is viewed as a miniature model of the universe. Some advanced practitioners claim to see
the symbol revolving. According to the http://www.mindspring.com/ website:
"When Falun rotates clockwise, it can
automatically absorb energy from the universe. While rotating counter clockwise, it can give
off energy. An internal clockwise rotation offers salvation to oneself while an external rotation
offers salvation to others." 5
- "What is Falun Gong / Falun Dafa: Frequently Asked Questions,"
Friends of Falun Gong Ontario," at: http://dawn.thot.net/
- "The living Darmah: website of West Covina Buddhist temple,"
- "Dharma the cat," at http://www.dharmathecat.org
- "Introduction of Falun Dafa," at: http://www.falundafa.org/
- "The Falun (Law Wheel): The Falun Emblem," at: http://www.mindspring.com/
- "Falun Dafa followers reject cult status," Agence
- Li Hongzhi, "Falun Dafa: Lecture in Sydney," at: http://www.falundafa.org/
- Li Hongzhi, "Teaching the Fa in New York City," at: http://faluncanada.net/library/english/usa/usa_e.doc
- Li Hongzhi, "Falun Gong: Qigong Treatments and Hospital
Treatments," at: http://www.falundafa.org/
- Li Hongzhi, "Gong potency and supernormal abilities," at: http://falundafa.org/
- The James Randi Educational Foundation has a home page at: http://www.randi.org
- Craig Smith, "China cracks down on mysticism," The New York
Times, 2000-APR-30, at: http://www.nytimes.com/
- Craig Smith, "Sect Clings to the Web in the Face of Beijing's
Ban," The New York Times, 2001-JUL-5, at: http://www.nytimes.com/
- "Introduction: 'Totally Expunge Evil, Pursue it to the End.'
Explaining the Crackdown on the Falun Gong," Leiden University, at: http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/bth/aalderink/introduction.html
- "Historical note on the Swastika," Falun Dafa, at: http://www.falundafa.org.il/
Copyright © 1999 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 1999-NOV-26
Latest update: 2015-OCT-07
Author: B.A. Robinson