Who Practices Falun Gong?
While Falun Gong was first introduced to the public in China, today people in over 100 countries have taken up the practice — from Boston to Berlin; Moscow to Mumbai; Jerusalem to Jacksonville.
Within China and around the world, the practice has transcended class, ethnicity, and education levels. Volunteer practice sites where people come together to perform Falun Gong’s slow-motion exercises and sitting meditation are found on campus quads of ivy league universities in the U.S. just as they are found on the dusty backroads of farming villages in sub-Saharan Africa. Every Sunday morning, a group gathers in the shadow of the Eifel Tower in Paris for a refreshing meditation, while half a world away, another group finishes their day performing Falun Gong’s slow-moving exercises in a lush Japanese garden with Mt. Fuji looming in the distance.
Who are these people? What motivates them to practice, and despite the diversity of country, language, ethnicity, and life experiences, what do they have in common?
Faces of Falun Gong
[photos and quotes/bios from various practitioners]
Falun Gong Today
While Falun Gong practitioners are found around the world, there are a few notable categories that tell the story of Falun Gong today…
As Diverse as Humanity Itself
[one paragraph about how Falun Gong started on university campuses, brought by Chinese students, but by word of mouth, spread beyond, and now encompasses virtually every region, ethnicity, and background found on planet Earth]
Suppressed Faith and Thriving Civil Disobedience
[one paragraph about tens of millions inside China that continue their faith, and engage in peaceful civil disobedience]
[one paragraph about Chinese refugees/first-generation immigrants (unable to return to China)]
Perspectives on Falun Gong
[a collection of photos/quotes from notable individuals who know Falun Gong well]
- Irwin Cotler, Arthur Waldron, David Kilgour, David Matas, Mark Palmer, Lord Avebury, etc.