Falun Dafa, Practice Of Self-Cultivation

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Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced practice of Buddha school self-cultivation, founded by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the practice’s Master. It is a discipline in which “assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe—Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance)”—is the foundation of practice. Practice is guided by these supreme qualities, and based on the very laws which underlie the development of the cosmos.

The focus of Falun Dafa practice is the mind, with the cultivation of one’s mind and thoughts, or “Xinxing,” being singled out as the key to increasing Gong energy. The height of a person’s Gong is directly proportionate to that of his Xinxing. The concept of “Xinxing” encompasses the transformation of virtue (a white form of matter) and karma (a black form of matter). It also includes forbearance, discernment, and abandonment—that is, forsaking ordinary human desires and attachments, and managing to endure the most trying of ordeals. Much is encompassed by the concept.

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Falun Dafa also includes the cultivation of the body, which is accomplished by performing specific exercises. It consists of 5 sets of gentle exercises which includes a meditation practice. These exercises help quickly open up one’s energy channels, purify the body and obtain stress relief and inner peace. The movements are simple, effective and suitable for all age groups.

The Beginnings

In 1992, Mr. Li Hongzhi (referred to respectfully by practitioners as “Master” or “Teacher”) first taught Falun Dafa publicly in the city of Changchun, China, and then continued to lecture all across the country. Those who attended experienced such profound benefits that they told friends and family. As a result, the number of practitioners grew very quickly, solely by word of mouth. By 1998, at least 70 million people had taken up the practice in China alone.

Mr. Li. Hongzhi has received ‘Sakharov Prize’ for ‘Freedom of Thought’ and ‘2009 Outstanding Spiritual Leader’ award. He has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 2001.

Today, Dafa is practiced and cherished by over 100 million people in over 100 countries. Falun Dafa and its founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, have received over 12,000 awards and proclamations from government bodies worldwide for the benefits that have been experienced by individuals.

How To Learn Falun Dafa :

The Teachings :
Falun Dafa emphasizes upgrading ones moral character (cultivation of mind and heart). The meaning of the term “character,” as it is used in the practice of Falun Gong, is somewhat broader than its dictionary definition. In Zhuan Falun, Master Li describes it this way:

“So what is character? Character includes virtue (which is a type of matter), it includes enduring, it includes awakening to things, it includes giving up things—giving up all the desires and all the attachments that are found in an ordinary person—and you also have to endure hardship, to name just a few things. So it includes a lot of different things. You need to improve every aspect of your character, and only when you do that will you really improve.”

In general, this is done by studying Zhuan Falun, the core text containing the teachings of Falun Dafa, and by living according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. The importance placed on the elevation of character separates Falun Dafa from most other qigong practices popularized in China over the past several decades, as other practices focus primarily on physical exercises for health and fitness.

Falun Gong: It gives an introductory level discussion of the principles of Falun Dafa and the concept of cultivation. It also illustrates and explains how to do theexercises.

Zhuan Falun: It is the most comprehensive and essential teachings of the practice. It has the Compilation of 9 lectures of Master Li Hongzhi.

Learn the Exercises

Falun Dafa practice consists of Five sets of Exercises which are gentle, slow and easy to learn. The exercises are taught FREE OF CHARGE (nor membership) at local practice site.

Exercise 1: Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms :The core of Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms is stretching to open up all energy channels. Through doing this exercise, beginners can acquire energy in a short period of time, and experienced practitioners will improve quickly.

Exercise 2: Falun Standing Stance: It is a still, standing exercise composed of four wheel-holding positions. There are few movements and each position needs to be held for quite a while. After doing the exercise, though, the whole body will feel relaxed, without feeling any of the fatigue that comes from physical work.

Exercise 3: Penetrating the two cosmic extremes : The purpose of this exercise is to mix and merge the universe’s energy with the energy inside the body. A great amount of energy is expelled and taken in.

Exercise 4: Falun Cosmic Orbit: This exercise enables the human body’s energy to circulate over large areas. With the previous three exercises as a base, this one is intended to open up all meridians throughout the body. Each movement should be unhurried, slow, and smooth.

Exercise 5: Reinforcing Supernatural Powers: Reinforcing Supernatural Powers is one of the serene cultivation exercises in Falun Gong. It is a multi-purpose exercise intended to strengthen supernatural powers (including supernatural abilities). When strengthening the supernatural powers, keep the mind empty, with a slight focus on both palms. The centers of the palms will feel warm, heavy, electric, numb, as if holding a weight, etc.

Clearing your karma helps clear illness

Most people who practice the exercises daily and follow the teachings of Falun Dafa report improvements in their health. Often, these improvements are subtle, involving such things as relief from stress, better sleep, a “lighter” and more energetic feeling, and happier moods. Many others, though, such as those whose stories are collected in this book – “Life and Hope Renewed – The Healing Power of Falun Dafa” report dramatic health improvements, including the disappearance of life-threatening diseases.

Dr. Au, an orthopedic surgeon from Taiwan who is an accomplished martial arts expert and Tai Chi practitioner of 15 years gave it all up to take up Falun Dafa because according to him, he realized that all this training to build physique and control energy was like earning money, limited only to this lifetime. “You die and it is all lost. Only Falun Dafa clears your past karma, helps cultivate your body, mind and spirit in the present life and helps you on your way to enlightenment in the future lives.”

One of the outstanding characteristics of Falun Dafa is the requirement for practitioners to put raising their mental realms to the first place in their cultivation practice. By improving a person’s mental conditions through elevating his (her) morality and virtues, Falun Dafa brings one’s physical body to the desired healthy state. Obviously, cultivating heart and practicing exercises have great effects on the improvement of practitioners’ physical and mental health.

To determine the health effect of Falun Gong, a health survey on more than 12400 Falun Gong practitioners were conducted. Our results show that Falun Gong’s disease healing rate is 99.1% with a cure rate of 58.5%; Improvement rate is 80.3% in physical health and 96.5% in mental health. The survey indicates that Falun Gong has a significant effect in disease healing and health promotion. Falun Gong is an excellent Qi-gong that benefits people both physically and mentally.

(1) Healing diseases, strengthening body and raising people’s health standard

According to the survey, out of 12,731 participants, 93.4% had ill conditions, and 49.8% had suffered from at least three diseases before they began practicing Falun Dafa. Through learning and practicing Falun Dafa, practitioners’ health conditions have improved in various degrees. The total effective cases reached 99.1%, among which complete recovery rate was 58.5%. Comparing the changes of body conditions before and after Falun Dafa practice, 80.3% of the participants improved their health. Among these people, the fraction of “very energetic” increased to 55.3% after practice from 3.5% before practice. The facts demonstrate that Falun Dafa is remarkably effective in curing diseases and improving health conditions. According to modern medical science, being healthy includes two aspects: a healthy body and a healthy mind. The survey shows that 12,287 people became psychologically healthier after practicing Falun Dafa, this accounts 96.5% of the total participants in the survey.

(2)Saving medical expenditure and medical resources

According to the survey, Falun Dafa practitioners can save 3,270 Yuan of medical expenses per person per year for the state. Falun Dafa practice has saved tremendous amount of medical cost and medical resources and has relieved the burden of the society and Chinese families. The positive effects are apparent. This important fact shows that Falun Dafa is beneficial for both people and the state.

Falun Dafa In India :

We had good opportunity to introduce Falun Dafa in corporate offices, Police academies, schools and colleges and in public parks in many cities across India. We also do participate in book fairs and festivals.

In cities like Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Varanasi, Jamshedpur, Ahmedabad etc. many practitioners are studying this practice and voluntarily teach others. It is a self learnt practice and DOES NOT involve any charges, or obligation of any sort.

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