Falun Gong History

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The Chinese practice and exercise of Falun Gong has a short history. But it plays an important role in China for political reasons. The history of Falun Gong is only ten years old. But the ideas and practices is based on a tradition throughout the entire history of the Chinese civilization. The practice is a different form of qigong. The cultivation of qi or the energy that flows throughout the human body and the universe, has been a theory in many different practices of Chinese culture. Even the traditional Chinese medicine is partially based on the theory of qi. During the ten years history, Falun Gong has developed millions of participants and followers. It also got a lot of attention from many others including the Chinese government. However…show more content…
(Beliefnet 1) The exercises of Falun Gong are an effort to rotate the falun, or the spinning body of energy thought to be located in the lower abdomen. (Beliefnet 1) The belief is that the performance of these exercises will stimulate the energy in the falun and in the body in general. It is also believed that this practice absorbs energy from the universe and will release negative elements from the body, which can remedy irregular conditions within the body such as pain, disease and things like these. (Beliefnet 1)
The founder of Falun Gong practice is Li Hongzhi. In the 1980s, more and more people in China started to be interested in qigong. Many different sects or forms were developed by many masters. Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong were members of the Qigong Research Association of China in 1992. This grew out of the boom in interest in qigong. Because of the more spiritual, rather than physical, emphasis that the practice took, Li Hongzhi withdrew himself and Falun Gong from this organization. (Beliefnet 1) “There are different practices of qigong in China and in other countries, but they are primarily aimed at healing illnesses or keeping fit and maintaining good health. I am teaching a higher level of qigong. It encompasses a greater content. It
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(Beliefnet 1) The symbol is a mixture of a large swastika surrounded by spinning smaller swastikas and Tai-chi symbols as well. The large swastika represents the spinning universe. "The Law Wheel of the Buddha School, the Yin-Yang of the Tao School, and the ten-directional world are all reflected in the Falun -the Law-Wheel. The configuration of Falun is a miniature of the universe and has its own form of existence and process of evolution in each of the other spaces. Therefore, I call it a world," the designer of the symbol says. (Falun Dafa) Li Hongzhi wrote the book Falun Gong explaining the practice qigong itself, the practice of Falun Gong specifically and its relation to qigong and Buddhism in 1993. (Falun Dafa) The book also contains descriptions and illustrations of the exercises of Falun Gong along with other information related to these exercises and their importance, as well as the goals and aims of practicing Falun Gong. (Falun Dafa) In 1995, Zhuan Falun, the book that was published after Falun Gong was more in-depth in topics of its predecessor along with

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