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
todays 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 ones
moral character and to realize ones 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.