Falun Dafa/Falun Gong
Jul 26, 1999 05:58 AM
by M K Ramadoss
To me, the emergence of interest in Falun Dafa or Falun Gong is very
interesting. While large number of Chinese in China belong to the group,
there appears to be a widespread interest in the USA as well. As a
curious observer of the New Age, I visited a website of the group in
In the website it states,
<paraindent><param>left</param> "Falun Xiulian Dafa, a cultivation way of
in the Buddhas' School, is founded by Mr. Li
Hongzhi, Great Master of Falun Buddha Law. "By
assimilating to the supreme cosmic quality----
Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truth, Compassion and
Forbearance) as its foundation, it is guided by the
supreme quality of the cosmos; therefore what we
cultivate is a great law and a great way." Works by
Master Li Hongzhi on expounding Falun Buddha
Who can argue with any movement whose objective is Truth, Compassion and
Forberance. Another aspect that is interesting is the way they claim
everything they have to offer is free.
In the modern day and age, when collecting fee, forced "love offering",
suggested donation, donation for this or that targeted objective, as well
as the traditional passing the plate and myriads of other techniques of
making attendees pay ( I am not arguing about the 1001 reasons why money
is needed and need to be collected), this group seems to be offering
their classes free. The website states:
" We offer free Falun Gong classes and workshops.
charge. No donations. No obligations. For
and locations, click here.
We also offer free classes at your location. You
organize them and we teach them free.
Falun Gong is a high-level cultivation system,
ordinary Chi-gong that offers stress relief and
improvement. It has five sets of exercises that
smooth, slow, and easy to learn. It also has
principles guiding the cultivation of mind and
unlike Tai-chi or Yoga, this system is advanced
completely non-profitable. "
They are even offering to run classes on invitation. In addition I found
their currently published books have been put on the Internet for
download for free download. All of this contrary to the accepted way of
doing "business." in today's world.
In the East it not considered ok to charge a fee for a lecture, lesson
etc. May be the Eastern tradition has finally found its success in the
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