Falun Gong was first introduced to the public in China by the founder of the practice, Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992, and for several years the practice was encouraged by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with many high-ranking officials from the Party learning the practice. It was acknowledged as being of great benefit to the health of citizens, and its popularity grew in a very short time. There were an estimated 70 million practicing Falun Gong by 1998.
People aspired to live by the principles of the practice, which are truthfulness compassion tolerance (Zhen-Shan-Ren).

Star Qigong School Award at Beijing Oriental Health Expo 1993 for Falun Dafa. (photo Minghui.org)

In March of 1996, Falun Gong withdrew from the Qigong Association, as requests by the association to charge fees for the practice were refused, and they wanted autonomy from CCP interference.

Articles began surfacing in the state-controlled media soon afterward, defaming Falun Gong and Mr. Hongzhi.

Labeled as a cult, many people believed the lies spewed by the CCP, and when on July 20, 1999, Chinese leader Jiang Zemin ordered the eradication of Falun Gong, the persecution, which has continued unabated to the present day, resulted in the loss of many thousands of lives. In fact, the number could be far in excess of hundreds of thousands, as Falun Gong practitioners are often incarcerated and tortured by the CCP and have refused to give their real names out of concern for their families and friends.
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Despite the ongoing persecution, Falun Gong has spread around the world and is enjoyed by thousands worldwide, with many reports of amazing health reversals and increases in energy.

Here is a gallery of photos giving tribute to the wonderful practice of Falun Gong that is helping numerous individuals attain a more spiritual and healthy life.

Character formation in 1998 of assembled Falun Gong practitioners in Wuhan, China (Minghui.org)
Falun Gong group practice in New York, 1998. (Minghui.org)
As many as 10000 practitioners Shenyang 1998. (Minghui.org)
Falun Dafa practitioners formation in Taiwan. (Minghui.org)
Taiwan formation. (Minghui.org)
Group practice India 2006. (Minghui.org)
Group practice in Washington. (Minghui.org)
Group practice by Mount Fuji, Japan. (Minghui.org)
Group practice in Paris. (Minghui.org)
Group practice Chicago. (Minghui.org)
Group practice at Sun Moon Lake 2010 in Taiwan. (Minghui.org)
On May 18, 2019, 5,000 Falun Dafa practitioners gathered on New York’s Governors Island to form a large Falun symbol and the characters for truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. (Minghui.org)
Australian practitioner practicing the fifth exercise in Melbourne, May 2020. (A. Anderson)