Those who fear China should think about the hundreds of millions of Chinese people being suppressed for their belief in the innate goodness of the universe and mankind

Worldwide impact

Why Falun Gong and the persecution against it matter at home and abroad

05 Sep 2012

Hearing of a spiritual practice from a far away land and perusing accounts of Chinese people being tortured in remote labor camps, some readers may be tempted to ask, “what impact does this have on my life or on the rest of the world?” 

Here are a few answers: 
The universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance are under attack, and that affects us all.
At the center of Falun Gong’s belief system is the understanding that the universe’s nature is fundamentally good, epitomized by the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. By assimilating to these values in one’s thoughts and actions, practitioners of Falun Gong aspire to attain a higher level of goodness and spiritual wisdom. The ultimate aim of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong is not simply to eradicate a religious group or eliminate a potential political threat. Its aim is to destroy these underlying virtues that Falun Gong practitioners aspire to. For this reason, much of the torture suffered by practitioners is focused on forcing them to renounce Falun Gong and its core beliefs, a process the CCP refers to as “transformation.” 
The story of Falun Gong is therefore, at its essence, an epoch battle between the goodness in humankind—what many in the East call one’s Buddha nature—and a tyranny bent on eradicating it. In this battle, we all have a stake (Falun Gong practitioner or not) and a decision to make: do we stand with those fighting to preserve goodness, or aid those seeking to destroy it, be it through direct support or our own silence?

Defending Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance: Falun Gong practitioners from 36 countries peacefully appeal on Tiananmen Square in 2001 for an end to the persecution and torture of their Chinese counterparts.

Defending Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance: Falun
 Gong practitioners from 36 countries peacefully appeal 
on Tiananmen Square in 2001 for an end to the
 persecution and torture of their Chinese counterparts.

Practised in over 70 countries, Falun Gong is helping people around the world improve their health and turn towards kindness and integrity. 

Whatever our profession or area of interest, we all have aches and pains, some have more serious or chronic health problems. We also all have moments when we get angry, hateful, or tempted to take advantage of others. Falun Gong—with its holistic combination of “qigong” exercises and spiritual teachings emphasizing the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance—has proven to be remarkably effective at improving the health, mental state, and conduct of those who practice, sometimes miraculously so. Multiple medical studies and surveys have affirmed this.

Tens of millions of Chinese families continue to face lawlessness and brutality.

A young girl holds a memorial wreath for her father during an event in New York

A young girl holds a memorial wreath for her father during an event in New York

One hundred million people were practicing Falun Gong in 1999 (1 in 12 people), when Jiang Zemin launched the persecution. Their lives—and those of their families—have since been turned upside down, as the CCP put to work its full toolbox of repressive tactics to implement Jiang’s orders. A massive propaganda campaign to demonize Falun Gong. New labor camps and makeshift detention centers built to hold the huge influx of detainees. An extralegal police task force established to implement the plan. And an internet censorship apparatus devised to stop people from learning the truth about what is happening. Meanwhile, millions of hard-working, upright people from every profession and of every age have been fired from their jobs, many sent to labor camps for “re-education.”
Today, secret police continue to abduct people from their homes and send them for “re-education” simply because they practice Falun Gong, even if only in the privacy of their own home. As a result, Falun Gong practitioners remain the largest group of prisoners of conscience in China, and new cases of death due to abuse in custody are reported on a weekly basis.

The persecution has spawned a moral and governance crisis for Chinese society.
The repercussions of Jiang’s decision to wipe out Falun Gong have been felt not only by practitioners and their families, but throughout all of Chinese society.  Officials who actively participate in the torture and killing of Falun Gong believers are promoted. Members of the public have been offered cash rewards for turning in their neighbors. Those who refuse to collaborate or stand up against the campaign risk being fired, abducted, imprisoned, and sometimes killed. The rule of law and freedom of belief have been inexorably damaged. The persecution has thus spurred a domestic brain drain, moral crisis, and assault on basic rights of staggering proportions.

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11 Responses to “Those who fear China should think about the hundreds of millions of Chinese people being suppressed for their belief in the innate goodness of the universe and mankind”

  1. Tapestry says:

    6.36 am. what happened to the g in aangirfan. That can’t be a copy and paste, but a deliberate attempt to waste people’s time.

    Don’t fall for the ‘my son was the latest casualty to commit suicide after returning from Afghanistan..’. That’s typical shill fare.

    The question is how many are suicides and how many become politically active on return to the US, and are rubbed out. The numbers in the US are mind-boggling. I don’t believe all are suicides.

  2. Tapestry says:

    The CIA is not behind Falun Gong. It’s a simple religious practice based on a belief that humanity and the universe are fundamentally good. That goodness can be brought to bear on humanity, at every level. The problem is that this is not what’s the desired plan of the crazies who run our world – who want depopulation, austerity and war.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I disagree with tap on the suicides, I was a counselor for those returning home from Iraq and many had deep problems, sure some who wanted to speak out were rubbed out but i do beleive this post 100% as i used to hear the men who wanted to commit suicide

  4. Anonymous says:

    What is tap talking about with suicides ? there is nothing on the blog about that ? if this is about servicemens suicides then that is real i know from first hand experience

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tap can be a bit silly at times.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The chinese hate supression and harassment of falun gong is no different to the hate harassment and supression of whistleblowers both here in the USA and in Britain

  7. Anonymous says:

    The problem the Chinese regime has with Falun Gong – or Falun Dafa as it is now called – is that they perceive it to be a personality cult. There is a “master” at the centre of this movement – Li Hongzh, who is now living in “exile” in the US – who wields enormous power of millions of “disciples”. That makes him as threatening as the Dali Lama and cannot be permitted in a one party state. For mine though, while Falun Gong has much to admire, it seems unnecessarily complicated in its teaching which creates a heirarchical system as adherents “move through the ranks” in gaining knowledge – much like Scientology, though, it must be said, without the fees (it’s all free in the case of Falun Gong). You could argue that Falun Gong is simply qi gong re-badged, with a back story and complex spiritual narrative added (again much like Scientology). You can pursue Qi gong meditation without all the Falun Gong complexities and achieve much the same result, though you’ll miss out on all the intellectual, faith-based, cult-like collective “warmth” that comes with belonging to an officially persecuted religious organisation.
    Chris B

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