What is Falun Gong

Falun Gong is a spiritual movement that started in China. It is mainly known for borrowing from Qi Gong, a feudal Chinese practice of faith healing (Britannica).

Falun Gong adds a religious view to these exercises that is apocalyptic.

Stephen Barrett, a retired American psychiatrist and editor of the Web site Quackwatch, said that Falun Gong practices “can be mentally dangerous, though, when they instill false beliefs. False beliefs lead to bad decisions”. He points out the possibility that a belief in the absolute power of Falun Gong could lead sick people to refuse standard medical treatments. According to Barrett, movements like Falun Gong enter into the realm of quackery, as they consistently make health claims that cannot be verified scientifically.  ((Article)

Falun Gong’s members talk about their experience on this path.

This Canadian Falun Gong spokesperson compares the ‘invention’ of Falun Gong, by its founder Li Hongzhi in 1992 (Britannica), to the teachings of the Buddha and other Chinese religious figures.

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