New academic study challenges tenets of Falun Gong
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Since: Aug 11
#1 Oct 26, 2012
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. Falun Gong, founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992, claims to have 100 million disciples. It draws attention from people throughout the world. Author Lao Cheng-Wu studied Buddhism in Hong Kong for a number of years, and had the opportunity to be a disciple of Master Nan Huaijin. In his new book, "The Refutation and Analysis of Falun Gong"(published by iUniverse), Lao, in the Buddhist tradition of refutation, takes a critical view of Falun Gong, its beliefs and practices "With an overall view of the remarks and practical actions of Li in the two decades since his establishment of Falun Gong,"Lao writes, "his true objective is to establish a new religion that respects himself as a hierarch and surmounts all the other religions forever."
Laos refutation is built around three key concepts. As he explains in his book, first, he encourages readers to see through Li Hongzhi's artifice and true intention. "Practicing five sets of actions" is merely his artifice, wanting people to believe his "Dafa" theory is his true intention. He tries to establish a new religion, claiming that he is superior to Sakamuni, Jesus, and Laozi.
Next, Lao tries to peel off "Falun Fofa" layer by layer, noting how it combines Buddhist terms, Taoist terms, nouns of natural science, and common nouns of supernatural things to fabricating myth.
Finally, Lao hopes that "The Refutation and Analysis of Falun Gong"might help readers to refute Li Hongzhi's scriptures based on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as well as on Western philosophy and Christ's teaching.
Havelock North, New Zealand
#2 Jan 27, 2013
As a practitioner of Falun Gong, I will tell you that even the teachings of Christ, Baha'u'llah and Buddha defied and eventually overcame the established wisdom of their time. All experienced some form of persecution during their establishment phase!
The proof of something is always in the experience! If you are someone who has never seen the sea, whatever preconceptions you come up with - will fall into insignificance once you experience and swim in it by yourself!
All committed practitioners of Falun Gong know that Li Hongzhi's effect goes well beyond what is written on the pages of his books!
The practice has a deeply moral nature and is profoundly transformative at all levels of ones being.
The practice of Falun Gong will be around for many years into the future and many more will realise over time, its incredible benefits!
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