You may have seen practitioners of Falun Dafa in your community or while traveling. They are easy to spot, as they are often doing group exercises in parks or public squares. They also stand out for their kindness and compassion. If you’ve ever wondered who these people are and what they’re doing, read on for a brief introduction to Falun Dafa.
What is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa is an ancient practice that originated in China. The practice consists of four gentle exercises and a meditation. The exercises can be done by people of all ages and physical abilities.
Falun Dafa’s main purpose is to help people remove negative thoughts and behaviors from their lives so that they can live happier, more fulfilling lives. The practice also teaches people the importance of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
How did Falun Dafa Start?
Falun Dafa began spreading throughout China in 1992 after its founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, gave a series of lectures on the subject. At first, the Chinese government welcomed the practice, as it helped improve people’s health and moral character. However, after a few years, the government began to see Falun Dafa as a threat to its power. In 1999, the Communist Party launched a brutal campaign to eradicated the practice.
Despite the ongoing persecution, Falun Dafa has continued to grow in popularity both inside and outside of China. There are now estimated to be over 100 million practitioners around the world.
What do Falun Dafa Practitioners Do?
As mentioned above, Falun Dafa practitioners do group exercises and meditate together in parks or public squares. They also work to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China through handing out leaflets, holding informational booths, and conducting other forms of peaceful protest.
If you see practitioners of Falun Dafa in your community or while traveling, don’t hesitate to say hello! They will likely be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the practice or their experiences with it. And who knows—you just might decide that you want to give it a try yourself!