January 24, 2006 at 8:40 am #9956
I just read a few posts on the forum related to Falun Gong and that is what prompts me to make this post…
[b]here are excerpts from an article on Falun Gong written by Shao, Xiaodong considered by the acedemic community to be one of the world’s foremost “experts” on Qi Gong…. :[/b]
My name is Shao, Xiaodong. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from China Western Medical Science University and my master’s degree from China Chinese Medical Science Research Institute. I have a master’s degree on Qigong and Acupuncture certified by the State Education Commission of China, and have served as the Deputy Chairman of Heilongjiang Provincial Qigong Science Research Society and counselor to Liaoning Provincial Qigong Science Research Society. I was also nominated and recommended by Mr. Zhang Zhenhuan, formerly Director of China National Defense Science and Industry Commission and now Chairman of the China Qigong Science Research Society and China Human Body Science Society, as academic counselor of therapeutic Qigong. Since 1985, I have had many opportunities to give lectures in European and American countries upon invitation. In 1989, I came to Japan to teach upon invitation. In 1990, I accepted appointment to work in Japan and settled down in Tokyo.
Prior to coming to Japan, I worked as a leading attending physician for China’s State Chinese Medical Science Research Institute in Beijing and a Specially Invited Lecturer for the Therapeutic Qigong Research Institute of the Beijing Chinese Medical Science and Medicine University. To a cultivation practitioner, the education, degrees and titles mentioned above are of little significance. I listed them just to show that I have received formal trainings in modern science and I am not a novice at Chinese and Western medical sciences, Qigong and human body science research. In addition, being a senior high school graduate in the early 1960’s and having gone through the Culture Revolution and all types of ideological movements, I am used to evaluating various theories and doctrines with a critical eye, would not have carelessly believed in and blindly followed anyone and any of his theory. As to things new to human kind, I am of opinion that we should not carelessly believe them, or carelessly deny them. Rather, we should avoid the influence of our acquired perceptions and probe them with rational thinking and personal experience. Only after that shall we be able to draw the conclusion.
Today I will talk about my personal experience in choosing to practice Falun Dafa. What I will talk about here is from a beginner’s perspective, superficial and won’t be of much help to veteran practitioners. But to beginning practitioners and those interested in learning Falun Dafa, it may help them learn more about Falun Dafa and start practice.
In mid 1993, I left Japan for China to conduct research on various schools of Qigong practices. Near the Golden Fish Pond of the Zhongshan Park in Beijing, I heard pleasant music and was attracted to take a look. I saw dozens of people were practicing a Qigong system that I had never seen before. What surprised me was that three out of four standing stances they practiced were high-position stances (that is, the center of palms is higher than shoulder). Since I specialized in Qigong research, I knew that all traditional practice schools started their standing stance practices with low-position and middle-position ones. I had never seen such a school that began with high-position stances, regardless of the practitioners’ length of practice or blood pressure. From the conventional therapeutic Qigong’s perspective, practicing like this may result in rising blood pressure and is dangerous to high blood pressure patients. However, after talking with the practitioners on the site, including former high blood pressure sufferers, I found no problems. Those that had suffered from high blood pressure got their blood pressure lowered and those with low blood pressure got it raised to the normal level. What did it indicate that the phenomenon did not fit the conventional Qigong theory? I immediately realized that judging from the surface, the practice was not an ordinary heath-improving Qigong. It must be extraordinary, unique and profound. Later on, after I practiced Falun Gong myself, I came to know that each practitioner of this school have a Falun (Law Wheel, existing in another dimension) ever rotating in his/her abdomen and “it is the Fa (Law) that cultivates the practitioner”. Practitioners put their hands in different positions of their body to reinforce the law wheel and mechanism and all cultivation procedures operate automatically under the effect of the mechanism.
my observation continued, I was even more surprised to see that the fifth set of practice was a sitting meditation and practitioners were required to do lotus sitting (with two legs crossed) as long as they could possibly do, whereas all other popular Qigong schools only practice sitting meditation after reaching a high level. Since lotus sitting is difficult to do, most people only practice it at home and never show it to others. Publicly promoting the lotus sitting practice on a large scale plus the so-called “secret among the secrets”-the hand signs, was rarely seen and almost never heard of. Judged from the appearance, the system starts at a high level, higher than traditional health-promoting Qigong systems. That was the conclusion I drew at that time from a bystander’s point of view. Later, Teacher Li said explicitly in the class: “This set of practice is the kind of cultivation at a high level, the one that I did alone in the past. I presented it to you without any modification.”
After the practice finished, I had a conversation with the practitioners. They told me that the practice was called Falun Gong and the Teacher was Mr. Li Hongzhi. Teacher would plant a Falun (law wheel) in every practitioner’s abdomen. Whoever fortunately get the Falun actually had already been halfway successful in cultivation. They also mentioned that Falun Gong was a cultivation practice and Teacher Li not only taught the practice, but also lectured the Fa (law and principles), which guide spiritual cultivation at a high level. Since the practice is supernormal and miraculous, I definitely should treasure this precious opportunity. I thought to myself: this might be the advanced cultivation Dafa (Great Way) I have been seeking for years. Then, I hurriedly moved to a nearby hotel and started learning Falun Gong at the park every morning. Upon hearing that Teacher Li was going to give another series of lectures in Beijing, I asked contact person of that practice site to enter my name too.
August 27, 1993 was a day most worthy of celebration in my life. On that day I attended the 13th Falun Gong lecture series in Beijing.
During that period, every evening I went to attend the lectures practice teaching given by the Teacher at No.27 Beijing Locomotive Factory way outside the city proper. Returning home after the 3rd lecture, I practiced the fifth set of sitting practice for 30 minutes and felt light and comfortable all over the body, with no numbness and pain when doing the lotus sitting. That was the first time I physically experienced the great power of Falun Dafa. Just as Teacher says: “For a cultivation practitioner to reach the stage of Milky White Body in other schools, it may take more than 10 years, dozens of years or even longer. We take you to that stage in no time.” “We push you beyond that and let you achieve the state of no illness.” Before I attended the lectures, when I practiced lotus sitting up to 30 minutes, I would feel swelling pains.
At 5:30 on the morning of the New Year’s Day, the temperature in Changchun was 23C below zero. We overseas Falun Dafa practitioners practiced together with Changchun’s local practitioners in a park. At that time I only wore a pair of thin gloves. In the posture of Embracing the Wheel before the Head, according to the music tape, we only needed to practice seven minutes. But seven minutes at that time was even harder to endure than 70 minutes’ usual practice. My fingers were almost frozen into ice bars and there were extreme pains in my hands as if freezing cold needles were planted into my flesh. It’s like a hell torturing. After the 7 minutes of hard endurance, I had planned to change to the posture of Embracing the Wheel Before the Abdomen according to the music and use the opportunity to take a breath. Then an idea came to me: why not impose higher standard on myself and continue to practice another 7 minutes? Although the environment was harsh and the practice was difficult and painful, was it not a result of karma accumulated by myself over the previous lives? Teacher said: “When it is difficult to endure, you can endure it; When it is impossible to do, you can do it.” Why not just do it? It is true that good or bad comes from an instant thought. Falun is something of intelligence. It was not long before I felt small Faluns rotating around my 10 frozen and painful fingers. When the second 7 minutes finished, my fingers were no longer painful and actually started to warm up. Experiencing in person that sweetness comes afte the bitterness is really memorable. Deep inside I concretely experienced the majesty and realness of Falun Dafa. I further realized Teacher is strict with but full of paramount compassion for every practitioner. Falun Dafa is not empty preaching, but all truth. Only genuine practitioners can experience it at different levels of genuine practice.
Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of both mind and body and encompasses the Buddha-body (The never-degenerated Vajra body as it is called in the Buddha School, or “Yuanying” in the Tao School) cultivation. In the section of “Xuanguan Shewei” of Zhuan Falun, Teacher expounds on every evolving step of the Buddha-body cultivation in plain languages and revealed “Xuanguan”-the secret among the secrets-in explicit details. I specialized in the research of “Dan Jing” and “Tao Tsang” (two ancient Chinese books on cultivation practice) in the library of China Chinese Medical Science Research Institute and the title of my graduate dissertation was “The Analysis of the Internal Dan of China’s Taoist School Qigong through Ancient Works”. For “Tao Tsang” alone, the library had a wealth of 5285 books. However, even though you go through all the ancient books, you are still at loss as to what exactly “Xuanguan Yiqiao” means. However, our Teacher fully discloses this ancient mystery, which is regarded as the secret among the secrets.
.January 24, 2006 at 8:42 am #9957
I find it quite funny when the CCP’s media says that 1400 Falun Gong Practitioners have died as they refused to take medicine. Let us for a moment assume that the CCPs claim that Falun Gong practitioners dont take medicine to treat dieases is true According to the Chinese governments own 1998 statistic the number of people practicing Falun Gong in China was over 70 million….. the mortality rate(per year) in U.S. (where medicine is much more advanced than in China) is 8.25 per 1000 that is 577500 in 70 million. And the 1400 figure seems to be cumulative over five or six years. In 5 years that is 2.88 million people should have died with the medical care you get in United States. What is even more surprising is a significant majority of the practitioners were old people.
In fact, there are many doctors and medical scientists who practice Falun Gong
Here is a study on Health benefits of Falun Gong done by reputed researchers, doctors and medical scientists, sponsored by the Chinese Government in 1998:
http://www.falunau.org/healthsurvey.htm ( The List of researchers are there in the article )
Here are excerpts from an Interfaith International sponsored panel discussion on the “Philosophy of Falun Gong at the 58th Session of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
The next speaker was Dr. Alexis Genin, Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Paris, France. He shared with the audience his views on Falun Gong from a westerner’s perspective. Dr. Genin talked about his experience with Falun Gong and how it has greatly improved his life. He said that as a scientist, he was very skeptical about “spiritual practices,” but after practicing Falun gong for a month, he found that he could objectively and scientifically validate the positive effects that it was having on his life.
The final speaker was Dr. Lili Feng, professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Feng presented her current research findings that show why Falun Gong practitioners experience such profound health benefits. One of her most striking discoveries was that the cells of long term Falun Gong practitioners have an average life expectancy that is five times longer than normal human cells.
Something else I wanted to point out is that no concept of membership or anything of that sort exists in Falun Gong. If a person cultivates his mind nature, learns the exercises using the books and videos available on the website and practices the exercises during his free time, at home, he is a Falun Gong practitioner. As simple as that. Nobody deals with money donations or otherwise.
The Book Falun Gong states:
When propagating Dafa and teaching the exercises, no Falun Dafa disciple is allowed
to collect a fee or accept any gifts. Anyone who violates this rule is no longer a Falun
Dafa disciple. The Book Falun Gong
As a practitioner, the first thing you should be able to do is to not fight back when you are beaten or sworn atyou must be tolerant. Otherwise, what kind of practitioner will you be? .. If you can tolerate it and yet it preys on our mind, it is still not good enough. Zhuan Falun
You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything. Whenever you encounter a problem, you should first consider whether others can put up with this matter or if it will hurt anyone. In doing so, there will not be any problems. Therefore, in cultivation practice you should follow a higher and higher standard for yourself. Zhuan FalunJanuary 24, 2006 at 8:46 am #9959
The campaign of persecution [against Falun Gong] has been… carried out by government officials and police at all levels, and has permeated every segment of society and every level of government in the Peoples Republic of China.”
United States Congress
(Resolution No. 188
Unanimously Passed 420-0)
“Jiangs horrific form of genocide is a terror that does not just destroy lives, but [aims to] destroy faith It is a terror that must be brought to justice.”
Renowned Human Rights Attorney
“At least 43 psychiatric hospitals all over China are being used to detain and torture [Falun Gong] practitioners…We know some of the drugs the hospitals force on sane individuals in an attempt to destroy their will and spirit… we know of the widespread use of psychotropic drugs by ordinary police in jails, brainwashing centers, and labor camps.”
Abraham L. Halpern, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, New York
Medical College; Former President of the
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
“Jiang Zemins regime has created notorious government 610 offices throughout the Peoples Republic of China with the special task of overseeing the persecution of Falun Gong members through organized brainwashing, torture, and murder [ ]”
United States Congress
Resolution No. 188 Unanimously Passed 420-0
“Falun Gong is a peaceful and nonviolent form of personal belief and practice with millions of adherents in China and elsewhere;
Whereas the Government of the People’s Republic of China has forbidden Falun Gong practitioners to practice their beliefs, and has systematically attempted to eradicate the practice and those who follow it;”
United States Congress
Resolution No. 188 Unanimously Passed 420-0
“Jiang Zemin individually made this decision [he] went against many other people in his own politburo who did not want to do this to the Falun Gong, some of whom even practiced the Falun Gong or had relatives who prac-ticed the Falun Gong. So we need to hold him accountable.”
Ambassador Mark Palmer
Former U.S. Ambassador and 26-year veteran of the U.S. State Department explaining the role of Chinas former leader, Jiang Zemin, in the genocide against Falun Gong.
The United Nations report on the Persecution of Falun Gong 2002-2005:
The Communist Party must vanquish Falun Gong How could it be possible that the Marxist theory we endorse and the materialism and atheism that we believe in cant vanquish what Falun Gong propagates? If it were true, wouldnt we become laughing stocks?
-From a letter written by the then President of China, Jiang Zemin to Senior Communist Party Pfficials on April 25 1999
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