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What Is Falun Gong
(Falun Dafa)?

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient mind-and-body practice consisting of five gentle, easy-to-learn exercises and meditation, along with the study of the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Falun Gong is taught free of charge by volunteers and practised by people from all walks of life in over 80 countries around the world.

Truthfulness · Compassion · Forbearance

Five Falun Gong Exercises

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1Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms
Using gentle stretching movements, this exercise opens all energy channels in the body.
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2Falun Standing Stance
Consisting of four static postures that are held for several minutes each, this exercise enhances one’s energy level and awakens wisdom.
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3Penetrating the Cosmic Extremes
With gentle hand-gliding movements, this exercise purifies the body using energy from the universe.
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4Falun Cosmic Orbit    
By gently tracing the hands over the entire body, front and back, this exercise rectifies all abnormal conditions in the body and circulates energy widely.
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5Reinforcing Supernatural Powers
A meditation that reopens both the body and mind through entering deep tranquility, thereby strengthening one’s divine powers and energy potency.

From People Who Practise
Falun Gong

I came to Falun Dafa as an aging 57-year-old who was exhausted with living. Now, five years later, I’ve become younger-looking, my wrinkles have almost disappeared, and my energy is continually growing. I’m feeling better, stronger, and more clear-minded.

– Connie Chipkar, Toronto

Being a musician, my surroundings were not the healthiest. But when I started practising Falun Gong, in one month, I just snapped out of all those environmental hazards, alcohol, and drugs. Reading Zhuan Falun helped me get myself out of a bad situation rapidly.

– Sterling Campbell, New York

Falun Gong gives me the knowledge and wisdom to be a better son, husband, and friend. It allows me to make the right choices even in difficult circumstances.

– Nick Janicki, Phoenix

Falun Gong
Around the World

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Young practitioners in Israel
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Group exercise practice in Taipei
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Falun Gong in Korea
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42nd Street, New York
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Falun Gong in Russia
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Falun Gong at the U.S. Capitol
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A peaceful mind starts at a young age
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Paris at night
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A solemn moment
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Father and son for a good cause
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School students in India
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True happiness does not hide!
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The power of tranquility
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Never too young to learn the exercise
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Improve physical strength and mental agility
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Morning group exercise in Chengdu, China, in the 1990s
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Morning group exercise in Guangzhou, China, in the 1990s

Falun Gong FAQs

1What are Falun Gong’s teachings and beliefs?
At the core of Falun Gong are the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance (or in Chinese, Zhen 真, Shan 善, and Ren 忍). Falun Gong teaches that these are the most fundamental qualities of the universe. Practitioners strive to adopt these qualities in their daily life through meditation, Qigong-like exercises, and the study of moral principles.
Qigong practices like Falun Gong are part of a broader tradition of “cultivation practice” that has existed throughout Asia for millennia. In the West, Falun Gong is often classified as a religion on the basis of its theological and moral teachings. However, Falun Gong differs greatly from religions in the conventional sense in that it does not involve worship, rituals, or the collection of money. People are free to come and go and everyone is welcome regardless of background.
Falun Gong is open to everyone. Although it originated in China, it is practised by people around the world. Today, millions of people from different ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds and from all walks of life practise Falun Gong. It is taught by volunteers in over 80 countries across the globe. Falun Gong books have been translated into 40 languages and are available free online.
In early 1999, Chinese government officials and state-run media estimated that 70–100 million people were practising Falun Gong in China, making it the fastest-growing spiritual teaching in the world at that time. Today, although people who practise Falun Gong are found in over 80 countries around the world, it is difficult to give precise numbers because the practice has no concept of membership.
Falun Gong was first made public by Mr. Li Hongzhi, a native of Changchun, China. Now living in the United States, Mr. Li is a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was nominated by the European Parliament for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. He is also the recipient of U.S.-based Freedom House’s International Religious Freedom Award.
Falun Gong was widely popular across China throughout the 1990s and highly praised and awarded by the Chinese government at the time. However, a few top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party launched a violent campaign against the practice in 1999, due to Falun Gong’s growing popularity and because they felt Falun Gong’s emphasis on moral living and traditional Chinese culture was a threat to the atheist communist regime, which largely rules by control and fear.

Many insiders also point out that China’s top leader at the time, Jiang Zemin, personally resented Falun Gong’s popularity, fearing it was stealing attention away from his efforts to build a lasting legacy for himself.

Governments around the world and human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Chinese Communist Party to stop the persecution of Falun Gong. They have condemned the persecution as an illegal attack by a paranoid regime against believers of a peaceful faith.
“Falun Dafa” and “Falun Gong” refer to the same practice. “Falun Dafa” is the formal name, whereas “Falun Gong” is a more colloquial term made popular in China.

In English, “Falun Dafa” translates to “Law Wheel of The Great Law.”