July 29, 1999
Li Hongzhi, the founder of
Falun Gong, is not the "highest Buddha" who brings
salvation to suffering people, but an evil person who has
had an extremely disastrous effect on society.
Li was born in the city of Gongzhuling in
China's Jilin Province on July 7, 1952. He went to primary
and junior high school in Changchun, the provincial capital,
from 1960 to 1969.
From 1970 to 1978, he
worked on a People's Liberation Army stud farm and then as a
trumpet player in a band. From 1978 to 1982, he worked as an
attendant at a guest house.
Li was discharged
from military service in 1982 and went to work in the
security department of the Changchun City Cereals And Oil
Company. In 1991, he quit this job and began practicing
"Qigong", a form of martial arts that combines
meditation and breathing techniques and is believed to tap
the practitioner's inner strength. In May, 1992, Li started
to teach Falun Gong.
In a resume he prepared
in 1993, Li claimed that he had started learning a special
form of Qigong in childhood from a Buddhist master, Quanjue,
and completed his training at the age of 8, and that a
Taoist immortal, Baji, discovered him when he was 12 and
taught him Taoist practices. Then, in 1972, he learned the
essence of Taoism from a master, Zhendaozi, and in 1974
started to study Buddhism from another Buddhist master until
he entered public life.
Li also claims that he
has supernatural abilities like the ability to move objects,
control thinking, and make himself invisible and that he
understands the truth of the universe and has insights into
life and can see the past and future.
September 24, 1994, Li changed his date of birth from July
7, 1952 to May 13, 1951 and acquired a new ID card. On the
Chinese lunar calendar, May 13, is the birthday of
Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, so by changing his
birthday Li could pretend that he is a reincarnation of
However, Li's family members,
relatives, neighbors, former schoolmates, teachers, leaders,
and fellow servicemen say that they believe Li is just an
ordinary person and that his so-called Qigong learning and
miraculous abilities were "nonsense" or
"impossible" or something they'd never seen. His
only talent in childhood, many said, was the ability to play
Li actually did not start
learning Qigong until 1988, under a master named Li Weidong,
with whom he studied Chanmi Gong. He then went on to study
Jiugongbagua Gong from another master, Yu Guangsheng. Using
these two forms of Qigong, with some movements from Thai
dance that he got from a visit to Thailand thrown in, he
came up with Falun Gong. Li's resume consists of nothing but
fabrication and outrageous lies.
founding Falun Gong in 1992, Li established the Research
Society of Falun Dafa in Beijing and made himself president.
Following that, he set up 39 Falun Gong teaching centers in
various provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in
China, which in turn had more than 1,900 places of
instruction and more than 28,000 group exercise areas.
The Research Society of Falun Dafa manages all
affairs of the teaching centers and rules on the setup of
any Falun Gong organizations, with the power to appoint or
remove their major leaders. Li and the research society also
make rules and regulations for all Falun Gong activities.
Since May this year, Falun Gong practitioners
in China have received instructions from Li, who is living
abroad, in the form of "scriptures". Because of
the Falun organization, instructions spread very fast and
have an evil influence on a large number of people.
"The Research Society of Falun Dafa"
and general instruction stations organize large-scale
activities to "spread the Falun word and to exchange
experiences and hold various celebrations and commemoration
ceremonies". On several occasions, when they were
dissatisfied with news reports and articles that exposed the
dark secrets of Falun Gong or when government departments
banned books and audio-video products preaching the Falun
word, they organized their members to besiege some news
organizations, publishers, or Party and government
departments, disrupting the normal work and social order and
undermining the hard-won social stability.
Falun Gong is an illegal organization with no
official registration status, but with a tight system.
In spreading the Falun Gong word, Li cast
himself up as the "highest Buddha" who has
transcended all secular desires. But, in real life he
displays an enormous greed. In the early years of
"spreading Falun Gong," Li attracted followers by
supposedly curing their ailments and helping them improve
their health. There was a special "donation box"
at his home and he instructed with a hint his assistants to
tell every patient to donate at least 100 yuan for every
Li also collected a large amount of
money from training classes. From 1993 to 1994, he was
reported to have earned 428,300 yuan in Changchun from
teaching Falun exercises and from book sales. At the same
time, he earned another 789,000 yuan in other parts of China
Li also publishes a large number
of books, cassette tapes, video tapes, and video CDs with
his teachings and sells them to Falun practitioners for 300
yuan a set. He has encouraged people to believe that his
photo and "Falun emblems" with his image can have
a "miraculous and inspirational effect" and
encourages people to buy them.
years, he has come up with new Falun products like special
clothing and cushions for Falun practitioners and has
reissued his books in a deluxe edition that sells at a
Investigators have found that Li
has several luxury houses and limousines in Beijing and
Changchun in his relatives names and, through the Falun
Gong, he has got a large fortune on which he has not paid
On April 25, more than 10,000 Falun
Gong practitioners gathered outside Zhongnanhai, the
government compound in Beijing, seriously disrupting public
order, with a malignant effect. Li told foreign
correspondents that he had known nothing about it in advance
and that he was on his way from the United States to
Australia at the time. He said that he didn't learn about
the incident until he was in Brisbane.
However, it has been proven that Li was in
Beijing the day before the incident. On April 19,
"Teenager Science-Technology Outlook", a Tianjin
Normal University magazine, contained an article entitled
"I'm Opposed To Qigong Practice By Teenagers" by
Professor He Zuoxiu, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Some Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin took offense at the
article and staged a silent protest at the university. By
April 22, there were more than 3,000 of them.
Li flew back to China on Northwest Airlines
Flight 087, entering Beijing at 5:35 p.m. on April 22, then,
after a stay of 44 hours, left in a hurry for Hong Kong at
1:30 p.m. on April 24 on Air China Flight 109.
On April 23, the day after he entered China,
the number of Falun Gong practitioners at Tianjin Normal
University swelled to more than 6,300. By the morning of
April 24, while Li was still in Beijing, Falun group
exercise sites around Beijing had received notices that
practitioners were to go to Zhongnanhai for a "group
By the time more than 10,000
exercisers showed up at Zhongnanhai on April 25, Li was in
Hong Kong. He didn't leave Hong Kong for Brisbane until
10:15 p.m. on April 27.
In his book
"Zhuanfalun (Turn the Wheel of Law)" and in
several of his "sermons", Li has said that there
is a white material called "de" (morality) with an
opposite side that is dark, called "ye" (evil). By
practicing Falun Gong, he says, people can be helped by the
Falun (Wheel of Law) and improve their "de" and
reduce the "ye force" and purify their bodies and
achieve enlightenment and immortality. Practitioners can
ultimately attain "salvation and reach the heavenly
kingdom," or paradise.
Li also speaks of
karma, or predetermination, and says that illness and other
suffering is "retribution for evil deeds one has done
in the past or in a past life, and that by enduring this
suffering one can repay his or her evil debt." He says
that anyone who believes in and practices Falun Gong doesn't
need to take medicine to cure disease.
criticized people who try to persuade others not to practice
Falun Gong, calling them "demons" and saying that
they have harmed the Falun Dafa and have prevented people
from attaining "salvation".
result of Li's malicious fallacies and deceptive behavior,
some Falun practitioners have refused to go to hospital or
take medicine for their diseases, and some have lost their
lives because of a lack of treatment. Some have committed
suicide or lost their sanity after practicing Falun Gong,
and a few have become homicidal.
Li is not
bringing salvation to practitioners, but is in fact leading
them to a disastrous and miserable end, and Falun Gong is
doing enormous harm to both the mental and physical health