Students for Falun Gong International was founded by a group of college students who wanted to share the uplifting spiritual and physical benefits of Falun Gong on a larger scale, while also raising awareness about the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in mainland China. We seek to support activities and discussion related to Falun Gong across university campuses and to foster understanding and appreciation of the practice among young people worldwide.
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a traditional Chinese spiritual practice for the mind and body. The practice combines five gentle and slow exercises with a moral philosophy centered on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, or in Chinese, 真 (zhen), 善 (shan), and 忍 (ren). Falun Gong teaches that these are the highest qualities of the universe, and that one can attain true wisdom, physical health, and a serene state of mind by assimilating into them; practitioners use these values as a guide for daily life.
On the surface level, Falun Gong is extremely beneficial to relieving stress and achieving physical health, but healing is by far not the only positive effect of the practice. On a deeper level, it’s a cultivation system for self-betterment and removing one’s attachments and desires. Falun Gong emphasizes the cultivation of one’s mind, putting others before oneself, and applying the practice’s moral principles to all situations and circumstances. The goal is to achieve a state of selflessness, greater wisdom, and inner peace.
Since 1999, the Chinese communist regime has brutally persecuted Falun Gong, imprisoning hundreds of thousands of practitioners and torturing them physically and psychologically in an attempt to force them to renounce their beliefs. The intensity of this persecution is surprising, especially considering the widespread governmental support for Falun Gong in the early ‘90s; the motivation likely stems from the fact that, in 1999, official statistics estimated over 70 million people were practicing Falun Gong—more than the 65 million registered members of the Chinese Communist Party. Despite Falun Gong’s apolitical history, its popularity and its independent spiritual philosophy made China’s atheist government uncomfortable.
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