Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline in the Buddhist tradition. It consists of moral teachings, a meditation, and four gentle exercises that are a truly unique and highly enjoyable way to improve your health and energy levels.
It is an idea with staying power. A belief as old as Chinese civilization itself, having resonated with a stunning range of dynasties, provinces, and personalities. To generations has it spoken. In the very substrate of China’s culture is it firmly embedded.
On April 25, 1999, Falun Gong emerged on the international radar screen when more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered in Beijing to appeal to the Chinese Central Government not to escalate the harassment against them. They asked to be able to practice their beliefs in peace, as guaranteed by China’s constitution, and an end to abuses and slander against their meditation practice. The response, however, has been anything but peaceful.
“My doctor can’t believe how much it has changed my health.” With these words Gail Rachlin, a 50-something New York City Falun Dafa practitioner, enthusiastically begins her description of the positive impact that this new interpretation of the ancient Chinese practice of Qi Gong has had on her well-being.