New Academic Study Challenges Tenets of Falun Gong

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Lao Cheng-Wu’s “The Refutation and Analysis of Falun Gong” offers author’s evidence and conclusions.

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SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. – Falun Gong, founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992, claims to have 100 million disciples. It draws attention from people throughout the world. Author Lao Cheng-Wu studied Buddhism in Hong Kong for a number of years, and had the opportunity to be a disciple of Master Nan Huaijin. In his new book, “The Refutation and Analysis of Falun Gong” (published by iUniverse), Lao, in the Buddhist tradition of refutation, takes a critical view of Falun Gong, its beliefs and practices

“With an overall view of the remarks and practical actions of Li in the two decades since his establishment of Falun Gong,” Lao writes, “his true objective is to establish a new religion that respects himself as a hierarch and ‘surmounts all the other religions forever.’”

Lao’s refutation is built around three key concepts. As he explains in his book, first, he encourages readers to see through Li Hongzhi's artifice and true intention. "Practicing five sets of actions" is merely his artifice, wanting people to believe his "Dafa" theory is his true intention. He tries to establish a new religion, claiming that he is superior to Sakamuni, Jesus, and Laozi.

Next, Lao tries to peel off "Falun Fofa" layer by layer, noting how it combines Buddhist terms, Taoist terms, nouns of natural science, and common nouns of supernatural things to fabricating myth.

Finally, Lao hopes that “The Refutation and Analysis of Falun Gong” might help readers to refute Li Hongzhi's scriptures based on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as well as on Western philosophy and Christ's teaching.

About the Author
Dr. Lao Cheng-Wu is a native of Kaiping, Guangdong Province, China. He graduated from the Law Research Institute of the Law Department at National Chengchi University and earned a doctorate of philosophy from the Hong Kong Buddhist Institute. He has taught as a professor at National Chengchi University, National Open University in Taiwan, Chu Hai College, and Buddhist College in Hong Kong. He has been involved with a number of magazines and is widely published.

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