What’s It Like When Falun Gong ‘Takes Over’ New York? Pretty Peaceful, Actually

If you live in New York City, you may have recently noticed a parade in the city’s heart with lots of smiley people wearing yellow T-shirts and carrying banners saying ‘Falun Dafa is good’.

Kinda like this:

Falun Dafa practitioners from the United Arab Emirates participate in a parade in New York City to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.  (Facebook/Edward Dai)

Falun Dafa practitioners from the United Arab Emirates participate in a parade in New York City to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. (Image: Facebook/Edward Dai)

But if you’re like me and don’t live in the Big Apple, you’ll get an insight from China Uncensored’s Chris Chapel, who spent a day with practitioners who came from around the world to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.

So check out his video above.

If you don’t know much about Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, here are some basics:

  • It’s a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline
  • Practitioners adhere to three core principles: Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance
  • Five slow-moving exercises, including meditation
  • It’s all voluntary and no money is involved
  • Practitioners live a regular life

And I think you get a good sense of those points from the video as Chris talks with practitioners about how the practice helps them improve their character and their lives in general.

It’s all about being a good person.

Falun Gong Practitioners in New York City to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.  (Image from Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

Falun Gong Practitioners in New York City celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.
(Image from Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

Reactions from Chinese mainlanders

Most of those who Chris speaks with in his video are Westerners, and many of them speak about how people from Mainland China react when finding out they practice Falun Gong.

Given how mainlanders have been subjected to propaganda since the persecution of the practice began in 1999, the reactions are mixed. Reason being, these mainlanders traveling outside of their country have to deal with being presented with information that’s the complete opposite to what the Communist Party’s propaganda machine has drilled into them.

As just mentioned, the practice has been persecuted in China since 1999, and it was instigated by the then-Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin. The persecution has been brutal, with the most notable example being the reports about the mass killings of practitioners and the harvesting of their organs.

Australia’s SBS recently broadcast Human Harvest, an award winning documentary about the organ harvesting in China that I watched, and it can now be seen via Vimeo. Another documentary about  organ harvesting in China is Red Reign, and you can see the trailer for it below:

It’s incredibly shocking that this crime continues, let alone has occurred in the first place. I remember when I first heard about this in 2006 and initially found it hard to believe, but as evidence mounted, it has become irrefutable.

If you want to take some action about this, you can sign a petition to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for immediate action to end forced organ harvesting in China.

#Free2Meditate

To raise awareness about the persecution, many of those who attended the World Falun Dafa celebrations in NYC were wearing yellow t-shirts with the hashtag message #Free2Meditate.

See some images below from the campaign’s Facebook page.  Let’s hope one day soon the persecution will end, and people in China will be free to meditate.

(Image from Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

(Image: Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

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Falun Gong practitioners doing the meditation exercise. (Image: Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

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Activities that took place during World Falun Dafa Day. (Image: Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

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Passing out information fliers in New York City. (Image: Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

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Even children practice Falun Gong. (Image: Facebook page Free2Meditate: Freedom for Falun Dafa)

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