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Falun Gong

Falun gong is both a physical and spiritual practice that combines elements of Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation. It consists of 5 sets of slow moving exercises including a sitting meditation. The exercises are ordinarily done to a music program for sake of convenience during group practice sessions and to lessen the burden of having to count the number of repetitions. There is no requirement as to how many exercises to do each day nor when or where to do them. Based on ancient Chinese tradition, it is entirely flexible and fits in with today’s modern lifestyle. After doing the exercises one feels invigorated and energized with a calm, peaceful mind.

Why does one practice Falun gong? For some, it is to achieve a healthy body. For others, it offers a spiritual path to cultivate themselves to a higher level without the formalities of religion. One of the most beautiful aspects of Falun gong is its combination of simplicity and profoundness. Inherent in the practice is the immense cosmic principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It teaches one how to be a good person as well as a responsible member of society. Yet there are no regulations to follow nor does it ask for donations or obligations. By following the guidance of the teachings, the practice enables a person to upgrade one’s moral character and to realize one’s shortcomings. Both the exercises and the teachings are thoroughly explained in several books by Mr. Li Hongzhi (the founder) and are available free for public viewing at www.falundafa.org.

We invite you to join us practicing the exercises at the Hoyt Arboretum on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 11am. Like the many practice sites found in over 40 countries worldwide, Falun gong is always free. For more information on any activities going on in Portland or elsewhere in Oregon, please call Kevin at 503-761-9075.

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