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Falun Gong

(ˌfæluːn ˈɡuːŋ)
(Buddhism) a modern religious movement combining aspects of Buddhism and Taoism, esp the practice of qi gong, founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992
[C20: from Chinese, falun dharma wheel (from fa law, lun wheel) + gong practice]
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Noun1.falun gong - a spiritual movement that began in China in the latter half of the 20th century and is based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices
social movement, movement, front - a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals; "he was a charter member of the movement"; "politicians have to respect a mass movement"; "he led the national liberation front"
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
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The book highlights several key concepts in Chinese politics such as Guanxi, Hukou, Neibu, Weibo, Wechat, Falungong, Danwei, Chengfen, and apparat or Xitong.
En effet, la repression severe de la fin des annees 1990, initiee en 1999 par le gouvernement chinois contre le mouvement Falungong ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), forme de qigong bouddhique, a mis fin a l'experience collective, visible et mediatisee des groupes de qigong en Chine et a abouti a une restructuration de leurs ramifications institutionnelles.
Dissidents and unregistered religious organizations, as well as those associated with groups such as the Falungong spiritual movement, which China labeled a cult and banned in 1999, are also routinely put under surveillance on such occasions.
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General discussion on bilateral cooperation, China expressed appreciation of Malaysia's support for China regarding human rights, Taiwan and Falungong issues.
The explosion of qigong practices and subsequent crackdown on Falun Gong are currently best documented, respectively, in Palmer, David, Qigong Fever: Body, Science, and Utopia in China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007); and Tong, James W, Revenge of the Forbidden City: The Suppression of the Falungong in China, 1999-2005 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
For instance, Li's major text/scripture is Zhuan Falun, which is the Chinese rendering of the Buddhist terminology of "turning of the wheel of Dharma," indicating the Buddha's first sermon, which links him into the Buddhist tradition, and as Penny notes Li has made claims to rectify Buddhist and other teachings, yet at the same time he reworks this motif so that, for Li: "The falun of Falun Gong is an intelligent, spinning body of high-energy matter" (191, citing Li Zhongguo Falungong 36).
Seven members of the Falungong religious cult set themselves on fire on the square in 2001, five of them suffering serious burns.
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In Unknown Pleasures, Jia Zhangke also touches on the very sensitive Falungong issue by using television broadcasting sound.
The 10 Chinese nationals, who say they are from the outlawed Falungong movement, were helped by Australian authorities to reach the northern port city of Darwin after sending a distress signal from their yacht.