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Attendees range from a few hundred\n to upwards of 6,000 per event.\n\n\n\nSeptember 1992 \u2022 Falun Gong is officially \nrecognized as a qigong branch (gongpai) under the auspices and \nadministration of the Qigong Science Research Association of China. \nReceives permit to teach nationwide. \n\n\n\nMr. Li is formally declared a \u201cMaster of Qigong\u201d by the Qigong Science Research Association of China. \n\n\n\nDecember 12-21, 1992 \u2022 Mr. Li and several select \nstudents participate in the 1992 Asian Health Expo in Beijing, held at \nthe National Trade Building in the Dabeiyao area. Mr. Li receives the \nmost awards of any master at the event, announcing Falun Gong as a \npresence on the qigong scene, in effect. \n\n\n\nApril 1993 \u2022 The first book teaching the practice,\n Zhonguo Falungong (\u4e2d\u56fd\u6cd5\u8f6e\u529f, China Falun Gong), is published by Military \nYiwen Press (\u519b\u4e8b\u8c0a\u6587\u51fa\u7248\u793e), making the practice accessible to a much wider \naudience. A revised edition is released in December of the same year. \n\n\n\nJuly 30, 1993 \u2022 The Falun Gong Research Association of China (\u4e2d\u56fd\u6cd5\u8f6e\u529f\u7814\u7a76\u4f1a ) is established at the approval of the national Qigong Science Research Association of China. \n\n\n\nAugust 31, 1993 \u2022 The Jianyi Yongwei Foundation of China (\u4e2d\u534e\u89c1\u4e49\u52c7\u4e3a\u57fa\u91d1\u4f1a), an affiliate institution of the Ministry of Public Security, writes a letter of appreciation following the giving of qigong treatments to Foundation honorees at its third national conference.\n\n\n\nSeptember 21, 1993 \u2022 The People\u2019s Public Security Daily, a publication under the Ministry of Public Security, runs a story commending Mr. Li for his contributions \u201cin promoting the traditional crime-fighting virtues of the Chinese people, in safeguarding social order and security, and in promoting rectitude in society.\u201d \n\n\n\nDecember 11-20, 1993 \u2022 Mr. Li and select students again participate in Beijing\u2019s Asian Health Expo, held this time at Sanyuanqiao International Exhibition Center. Several awards are bestowed, including that for \u201cAdvancing Frontier Science,\u201d the \u201cSpecial Gold Award,\u201d and \u201cMost Acclaimed Qigong Master.\u201d Falun Gong\u2019s profile grows significantly. \n\n\n\nDecember 27, 1993 \u2022 Mr. Li is awarded a Certificate of Honor from the Jianyi Yongwei Foundation of China (\u4e2d\u534e\u89c1\u4e49\u52c7\u4e3a\u57fa\u91d1\u4f1a), an affiliate institution of the Ministry of Public Security.\n\n\n\nApril, 1994 \u2022 Window to Literature and the Arts magazine (\u6587\u827a\u4e4b\u7a97), a monthly periodical, publishes the first of three features stories on the practice of Falun Gong. The practice increasingly finds itself in the news, primarily on grounds of its health benefits and the good citizenship it fosters. \n\n\n\nMay 6, 1994 \u2022 Mr. Li is declared a \u201cGrandmaster of Qigong,\u201d by the Jilin Province Qigong Science Research Association \n\n\n\nAugust 3, 1994 \u2022 The City of Houston,\nTexas, declares Mr. Li a \u201cGoodwill Ambassador\u201d and an \u201cHonorary\nCitizen\u201d for his \u201cunselfish public service for the benefit and\nwelfare of mankind.\u201d These are the first of what would become hundreds of\nrecognitions given to Li and Falun Gong in the United States and throughout the\nfree world. \n\n\n\nSeptember 1994 \u2022 The first Falun Gong\ninstructional videotape (demonstrating the practice\u2019s exercises and meditation)\nis published under the auspices of Beijing Television Art Center Publishing\nHouse. \n\n\n\nDecember 31, 1994 \u2022 Last Falun Gong public\nteaching is given, taking place in the northeastern city of Dalian. Some 6,600\npersons attend. \n\n\n\nJanuary 4, 1995 \u2022 Zhuan Falun (\u8f6c\u6cd5\u8f6e), the complete \nteachings of Falun Gong and focal book of the practice, is published by \nRadio & Television Broadcasting Press of China (\u4e2d\u56fd\u5e7f\u64ad\u7535\u89c6\u51fa\u7248\u793e). A \npublication ceremony, held on January 4, takes place in an auditorium of\n the Ministry of Public Security. \n\n\n\nFebruary 1995 \u2022 Mr. Li is propositioned\nby the Chinese National Sports Committee, Ministry of Public Health, and China\nQigong Science Research Association to jointly establish a Falun Gong\n\u201cassociation\u201d that would coordinate (and oversee) nationwide\npromotion and teaching of the practice. Li declines the offer, wishing, most\nlikely, to keep the practice free of political complexities and influence. \n\n\n\nMarch 13, 1995 \u2022 Mr. Li begins teaching\nFalun Gong abroad, starting with a talk given in Paris at the Chinese embassy,\ninitiated at the invitation of China\u2019s ambassador to France. A full seven-day\nclass begins that evening in Paris, followed by a second series in May in\nSweden.\n\n\n\n1996 \u2022 As Falun Gong becomes\nmore popular, early signs of state oppression appear. Shortly after Zhuan Falun\nis listed in January, March, and April as a bestseller by Beijing Youth Daily (\u5317\u4eac\u9752\u5e74\u62a5), Falun Gong books are\nbanned from publication by a July 24 internal order from the China News\nPublishing Bureau (\u65b0\u95fb\u51fa\u7248\u7f72), an entity under the\nMinistry of Propaganda. The document accuses Falun Gong of \u201cspreading\nsuperstition.\u201d The same year, Mr. Li moves to the United States. \n\n\n\nBy\nthe mid-1990s, Falun Gong exercise sites like this one in Guangzhou were a\ncommon site throughout China. \n\n\n\nMarch 1996 \u2022 Falun Gong withdraws\nfrom the Qigong Science Research Association of China over philosophical\ndifferences and concerns by Mr. Li of exploitation.\n\n\n\nApril 1996 \u2022 Former administrators of\nthe Falun Gong Research Association of China begin application process with\nthree other state-administered entities for formal registration. All\napplications are denied. \n\n\n\nJune 17 \u2022 The first major\nstate-run media article criticizing Falun Gong appears, run in the Guangming\nDaily newspaper. \n\n\n\n1997 \u2022 China\u2019s Public Security\nBureau conducts an investigation into whether Falun Gong should be deemed a\n\u201cheretical teaching\u201d (\u90aa\u6559, i.e., \u201ccult\u201d). Investigators\nconclude, \u201cNo evidence has appeared thus far.\u201d \n\n\n\n1998-1999 \u2022 Attacks on Falun Gong\nescalate in state-run media even as positive reports continue alongside,\nsuggesting internal divisions among China\u2019s political leadership. Falun Gong\npractitioners respond to criticisms by visiting, and sometimes petitioning\noutside, local newspaper or television stations seeking greater accuracy in\nreporting. Such events take place in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and other\nmajor cities. \n\n\n\nJuly 21, 1998 \u2022 Bureau No. 1 of the\nMinistry of Public Security issues Document [1998] No. 555, titled,\n\u201cNotice of the Investigation of Falun Gong,\u201d claiming that Falun Gong\nis heretical cult. The Ministry begins a series of investigations, seeking\nevidence in support of the conclusion. Means include tapping phone lines,\nmonitoring volunteers, raiding homes, confiscating personal belongings, Various\nforms of (unlawful) harassment ensue at the hands of Chinese police, including\ndisruption of public morning exercise sessions with water cannons and the\nclosure of certain sites. Homes are ransacked in some areas. \n\n\n\n1998 \u2013 latter half \u2022 Qiao Shi, who had just\nfinished a term as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People\u2019s\nCongress and served on the Politburo, led his own investigation, joined by\nother senior members of the Congress, into the Document 555 allegations after\nreceiving a deluge of letters of concern. After months of investigating, the\ngroup concluded that, \u201cFalun Gong has hundreds of benefits for the Chinese\npeople and nation, and does not a bit of harm.\u201d \n\n\n\nMay-October 1998 \u2022 The National Sports\nCommission of China launches its own investigation into Falun Gong. The head\ninvestigator, dispatched to northeastern China, declared on October 20 that,\n\u201cWe\u2019re convinced the exercises and effects of Falun Gong are excellent. It\nhas done an extraordinary amount to improve society\u2019s stability and ethics.\nThis should be duly affirmed.\u201d \n\n\n\nFebruary 14, 1999 \u2022 An official from China\u2019s\nNational Sports Commission, speaking with U.S. News & World Report,\nintimates that as many as 100 million may have taken up the practice. The\nofficial highlights the costs the practice is saving China\u2019s national health\ncare system, declaring that, \u201cPremier Zhu Rongji is very happy about\nthat.\u201d","keywords":"Falun Gong in 1992-1999, The Falun Gong Story, ","datePublished":"2019-10-30T19:25:57+00:00","dateModified":"2019-11-26T21:02:00+00:00","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Levi Browde","description":"","image":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/secure.gravatar.com\/avatar\/a9ebe5799c0190a335d9c773050b0bd7?s=96&d=mm&r=g","height":96,"width":96}},"publisher":{"@type":"Organization","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"","width":"","height":""},"name":"FalunInfo"},"image":[{"@type":"ImageObject","@id":"https:\/\/faluninfo.net\/the-rise-of-falun-gong\/#primaryimage","url":"https:\/\/faluninfo.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/06\/Falun-DafaGuangzhouPractice_big-1500x806-e1574649564567.jpg","width":"1500","height":"675"},{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/faluninfo.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/06\/Falun-DafaGuangzhouPractice_big-1500x806-e1574649564567-1024x461.jpg","width":"640","height":"288"},{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/faluninfo.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/06\/Falun-DafaGuangzhouPractice_big-1500x806-e1574649564567-300x135.jpg","width":"300","height":"135"},{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/faluninfo.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/06\/Falun-DafaGuangzhouPractice_big-1500x806-e1574649564567-210x210.jpg","width":"210","height":"210"}]}]

The Rise of Falun Gong

On May 13, 1992, in a humble schoolhouse in northeastern China, Mr. Li Hongzhi began teaching Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), introducing to modern China a practice with roots extending back thousands of years.

By early 1999, there were 100 million people practicing Falun Gong in China alone, their slow-moving meditative exercises visible at dawn in parks across the country.

The following timeline explores this rise…

1989 • A two-plus year period of trial and observation begins wherein Mr. Li gives instruction to several initial students, in private, to evaluate the suitability of Falun Gong for dissemination among the general public.

1992-1994 • Mr. Li travels throughout China giving 54 talks and class series on Falun Gong. Classes typically last 8-10 days, two hours per day. Seminars are often arranged by local government-run qigong organizations. Attendees range from a few hundred to upwards of 6,000 per event.

September 1992 • Falun Gong is officially recognized as a qigong branch (gongpai) under the auspices and administration of the Qigong Science Research Association of China. Receives permit to teach nationwide.

Mr. Li is formally declared a “Master of Qigong” by the Qigong Science Research Association of China.

December 12-21, 1992 • Mr. Li and several select students participate in the 1992 Asian Health Expo in Beijing, held at the National Trade Building in the Dabeiyao area. Mr. Li receives the most awards of any master at the event, announcing Falun Gong as a presence on the qigong scene, in effect.

April 1993 • The first book teaching the practice, Zhonguo Falungong (中国法轮功, China Falun Gong), is published by Military Yiwen Press (军事谊文出版社), making the practice accessible to a much wider audience. A revised edition is released in December of the same year.

July 30, 1993 • The Falun Gong Research Association of China (中国法轮功研究会 ) is established at the approval of the national Qigong Science Research Association of China.

August 31, 1993 • The Jianyi Yongwei Foundation of China (中华见义勇为基金会), an affiliate institution of the Ministry of Public Security, writes a letter of appreciation following the giving of qigong treatments to Foundation honorees at its third national conference.

September 21, 1993 • The People’s Public Security Daily, a publication under the Ministry of Public Security, runs a story commending Mr. Li for his contributions “in promoting the traditional crime-fighting virtues of the Chinese people, in safeguarding social order and security, and in promoting rectitude in society.”

December 11-20, 1993 • Mr. Li and select students again participate in Beijing’s Asian Health Expo, held this time at Sanyuanqiao International Exhibition Center. Several awards are bestowed, including that for “Advancing Frontier Science,” the “Special Gold Award,” and “Most Acclaimed Qigong Master.” Falun Gong’s profile grows significantly.

December 27, 1993 • Mr. Li is awarded a Certificate of Honor from the Jianyi Yongwei Foundation of China (中华见义勇为基金会), an affiliate institution of the Ministry of Public Security.

April, 1994 • Window to Literature and the Arts magazine (文艺之窗), a monthly periodical, publishes the first of three features stories on the practice of Falun Gong. The practice increasingly finds itself in the news, primarily on grounds of its health benefits and the good citizenship it fosters.

May 6, 1994 • Mr. Li is declared a “Grandmaster of Qigong,” by the Jilin Province Qigong Science Research Association

August 3, 1994 • The City of Houston, Texas, declares Mr. Li a “Goodwill Ambassador” and an “Honorary Citizen” for his “unselfish public service for the benefit and welfare of mankind.” These are the first of what would become hundreds of recognitions given to Li and Falun Gong in the United States and throughout the free world.

September 1994 • The first Falun Gong instructional videotape (demonstrating the practice’s exercises and meditation) is published under the auspices of Beijing Television Art Center Publishing House.

December 31, 1994 • Last Falun Gong public teaching is given, taking place in the northeastern city of Dalian. Some 6,600 persons attend.

January 4, 1995 • Zhuan Falun (转法轮), the complete teachings of Falun Gong and focal book of the practice, is published by Radio & Television Broadcasting Press of China (中国广播电视出版社). A publication ceremony, held on January 4, takes place in an auditorium of the Ministry of Public Security.

February 1995 • Mr. Li is propositioned by the Chinese National Sports Committee, Ministry of Public Health, and China Qigong Science Research Association to jointly establish a Falun Gong “association” that would coordinate (and oversee) nationwide promotion and teaching of the practice. Li declines the offer, wishing, most likely, to keep the practice free of political complexities and influence.

March 13, 1995 • Mr. Li begins teaching Falun Gong abroad, starting with a talk given in Paris at the Chinese embassy, initiated at the invitation of China’s ambassador to France. A full seven-day class begins that evening in Paris, followed by a second series in May in Sweden.

1996 • As Falun Gong becomes more popular, early signs of state oppression appear. Shortly after Zhuan Falun is listed in January, March, and April as a bestseller by Beijing Youth Daily (北京青年报), Falun Gong books are banned from publication by a July 24 internal order from the China News Publishing Bureau (新闻出版署), an entity under the Ministry of Propaganda. The document accuses Falun Gong of “spreading superstition.” The same year, Mr. Li moves to the United States.

By the mid-1990s, Falun Gong exercise sites like this one in Guangzhou were a common site throughout China.

March 1996 • Falun Gong withdraws from the Qigong Science Research Association of China over philosophical differences and concerns by Mr. Li of exploitation.

April 1996 • Former administrators of the Falun Gong Research Association of China begin application process with three other state-administered entities for formal registration. All applications are denied.

June 17 • The first major state-run media article criticizing Falun Gong appears, run in the Guangming Daily newspaper.

1997 • China’s Public Security Bureau conducts an investigation into whether Falun Gong should be deemed a “heretical teaching” (邪教, i.e., “cult”). Investigators conclude, “No evidence has appeared thus far.”

1998-1999 • Attacks on Falun Gong escalate in state-run media even as positive reports continue alongside, suggesting internal divisions among China’s political leadership. Falun Gong practitioners respond to criticisms by visiting, and sometimes petitioning outside, local newspaper or television stations seeking greater accuracy in reporting. Such events take place in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and other major cities.

July 21, 1998 • Bureau No. 1 of the Ministry of Public Security issues Document [1998] No. 555, titled, “Notice of the Investigation of Falun Gong,” claiming that Falun Gong is heretical cult. The Ministry begins a series of investigations, seeking evidence in support of the conclusion. Means include tapping phone lines, monitoring volunteers, raiding homes, confiscating personal belongings, Various forms of (unlawful) harassment ensue at the hands of Chinese police, including disruption of public morning exercise sessions with water cannons and the closure of certain sites. Homes are ransacked in some areas.

1998 – latter half • Qiao Shi, who had just finished a term as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and served on the Politburo, led his own investigation, joined by other senior members of the Congress, into the Document 555 allegations after receiving a deluge of letters of concern. After months of investigating, the group concluded that, “Falun Gong has hundreds of benefits for the Chinese people and nation, and does not a bit of harm.”

May-October 1998 • The National Sports Commission of China launches its own investigation into Falun Gong. The head investigator, dispatched to northeastern China, declared on October 20 that, “We’re convinced the exercises and effects of Falun Gong are excellent. It has done an extraordinary amount to improve society’s stability and ethics. This should be duly affirmed.”

February 14, 1999 • An official from China’s National Sports Commission, speaking with U.S. News & World Report, intimates that as many as 100 million may have taken up the practice. The official highlights the costs the practice is saving China’s national health care system, declaring that, “Premier Zhu Rongji is very happy about that.”