Brian’s Column: Falun Dafa

A cultivation practice that helps to bring positive life transformation
By Brian R. Wright

I have written this insert to accompany a DVD used to perform or learn the daily Falun Dafa exercises.

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

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My history with the movement is, first, hearing of it from a friend of mine in the Free State (New Hampshire) in roughly 2008. My friend thought FD was notable for standing up for victims of the Communist China regime.

That sounded good to me, fitting in with my cause-oriented nature. I found a group locally in Southeast Michigan whom I learned the basic moves with after meeting with them a couple of Sundays in the spring of that year.

Naturally, it’s difficult to start your day in the presence of a group of fellow practitioners, so on a tip from one of the members, I bought the Falun Dafa DVD on Amazon—where you may still find basically the same version today. I started to incorporate FD into my morning routine, using some of my own preferences. The five exercises are: Continue reading