The following are the most frequently asked questions that we hear at the Falun Dafa Information Center, followed by a short answer to each that is based on our knowledge of the issue. For more discussion of the practice of Falun Gong itself, readers should visit the pages here titled About, Beliefs, or Exercises. Those interested in learning how to do the practice will do best to visit www.falundafa.org.
Discourse about Falun Gong varies remarkably widely, so widely as to possibly be disorienting. If you’re apt to just conclude that the truth must lie “somewhere in between” the two common poles (positive and negative attributions), you owe it to yourself to read on.
Chinese authorities are fond of claiming that Falun Gong has “turned political,” and the phrase has, remarkably, found its way into a few accounts of the practice. The undertone is that Falun Gong has “sold out” as it were, or compromised its beliefs, entering the political arena.
Knowing the democratic West to be a tolerant, pluralistic, and diverse place, Chinese authorities have sought to brand Falun Gong as contrary to these basic values. In a word, they’ve sought to cast it as “intolerant.” Several journalists have taken the bait.
Are the teachings of Falun Gong filled with dark, ominous “doomsday prophecies,” as claimed by Chinese state-run media? Is there an apocalyptic bent to the practice, as a few journalists have suggested?