Introduction to Falun Gong & Falun Dafa:
Main beliefs & practices:
Falun Gong's main beliefs and practices:
According to spokesperson Caroline Lam in Sydney Australia:
Dafa is not a cult and not a religion and not a sect. There is no
leader, there is no form of worship or rituals. Falun Dafa is not
involved with politics or against any government." 6
Falun Gong consists of a set of five exercises that promote one's
"Three of the exercises involve physical
movements and maneuvers while the other two exercises require
remaining still for extended periods of time." 4
||Membership is open to all. People are free to affiliate and to
leave the group.
||There are no prerequisites to learning Falun Dafa; there are no dues.
||Information is freely available on the Internet, without charge.
||There is no paid staff or clergy. All work is done by volunteers.
||They do not maintain a list of members' names and other data.
According to the New York Times, Li Hongzhi said that:
children are the spawn of the 'Dharma Ending Period,' a Buddhist
phrase that refers to an era of moral degeneration. In an interview
last year, he said each race has its own paradise, and he later told
followers in Australia that, 'The yellow people, the white people,
and the black people have corresponding races in heaven.' As a
result, he said, interracial children have no place in heaven
without his intervention."
||As noted below, homosexuality is considered degenerate
behavior, on a par with sexual promiscuity.
As noted below,
illness is caused by the indwelling of:
"an intelligent entity that exists in another dimension."
The body's vital energy, Qi, can be focused to improve one's
health and sense of well being. But it can also:
"... be used to
develop the ability to fly, to move objects by telekinesis, and to
heal diseases." 12
Craig Smith, writing for the New York Times, said:
"...the Falun, or Dharma Wheel, and is described by Mr. Li as
a miniature of the cosmos that he says he installs telekinetically
in the abdomens of all his followers, where it rotates in
alternating directions, throwing off bad karma and gathering qi.
Many Falun Gong adherents say they can feel the wheel turning in
their bellies." 13
and eighty-one previous human civilizations had achieved a higher level of
scientific achievement than we enjoy at the present time. However,
they were all
"left in complete destruction." 12
||A person with qigong training can walk through solid objects,
like a wall.
||A qigong master emits "gong:" a "high-energy substance
that manifests in the form of light."
||Individuals with some qigong training can exhibit super-human
abilities: clairaudience (being able to hear inaudible sounds),
telepathy, precognition, etc. But it takes a qigong master to
achieve certain functionality, like alchemy -- the ability to
transform one type of substance to another. The latter could tear
down a large building using mental power only. They would
never do this in practice, because it is forbidden for them to
demonstrate their powers. Also, such destruction would cause harm. 10
||Karma is a type of black material
that encompasses each person's body. It has a physical existence "in
another dimension and can transform into sickness or misfortune."
||Qigong practitioners can open their "tianmu" -- third
eye. When the passage between their third eye and pineal gland can
take many shapes: "oval, to round, rhombic to triangular."
A practitioner can see things beyond this world. However, the
functioning of the third eye is inhibited at certain practical
levels. For example, they are unable to see through walls or
clothes, because such a talent would be disruptive to society.
||Normal people are aware of only three dimensional existence --
four if you include time. However, a qigong master can see "dozens
of levels of dimensions." Time shifting is also possible. 10
are many living entities on earth that appear to be humans, but in
fact are extraterrestrial aliens.
How a skilled Falun Gong practitioner can make a million dollars:
The James Randi Educational Foundation, a Florida-based
group, offers a prize in excess of one million dollars in U.S. funds for
anyone who can prove that they have certain super-normal/paranormal/psycic abilities. Some of
the above talents would appear to qualify. Walking through a wall, tearing down a structure, exhibiting precognition would certainly appear to qualfy. The Foundation have interviewed many individuals who claim such abilities. They work with each individual to create a test that will prove or disprove the ability. The test is then performed. So far, all
Beliefs about homosexuality:
The Falun Gong movement appears to treat homosexuality -- presumably
homosexual behavior not homosexual orientation -- as a degenerate behavior,
on a par with sexual promiscuity:
- Founder and current leader Li Hongzhi delivered a lecture in Sydney,
Australia in 1996. 7 In
it, he made a passing reference to homosexuality, saying:
"...the morality of human society has altogether declined. The
moral values in people’s hearts have been corrupted. When there is no
righteous mind, it means that the Fa [law, principle, way] is no longer
effectual. When the Fa is no longer effectual in human society, mankind
will decline. ...The change in human society has been quite frightening!
People would stop at nothing in doing evil things such as drug abuse and
drug dealing. A lot of people have done many bad deeds. Things such
as organized crime, homosexuality, and promiscuous sex, etc., none are
the standards of being human." (Emphasis ours).
- In New York City during 1997, he said during a lecture:
"I often say that humankind has gone through different historical
periods before arriving at this day. In other words, many, many times
humankind was wiped out after experiencing catastrophes at different
points in history. ...Some people talk about how great Greek culture
was, but where did those people go? Today something from Greek culture
can be found: The elements of Greek culture that have been left are
definitely from the final period of Greek civilization’s development,
and we’ve found that there was homosexuality in it as well, along with
promiscuous sex, and in addition, life was really extravagant and
wasteful, corrupt, and terribly degenerate; we can see that humankind
had already deteriorated terribly....Aren’t humans in a dangerous
state? Your government permits something, your country permits it, your
nation permits it, and even you approve it in your thinking, but it
isn’t necessarily good. That’s why if you look at today’s society you
can see that drug use, drug trafficking, drug making, sex changes, homosexuality, sexual freedom, organized crime, etc., emerge in an
endless stream. Selfishness and desires have made people enemies of
one another and without any righteous thoughts. All kinds of
phenomena of a degenerate human society abound." (Emphasis
These beliefs about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual community agree closely with those in the conservative wing of Christianity. However, they are at complete odds with beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity promoted by all the leading therapy groups in North America and Europe, by most religious liberals and secularists. Human sexuality researchers have found that homosexuality and bisexuality are discovered, not chosen, and are normal and natural for a minority of humans.
- "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-06
Author: B.A. Robinson