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I was nodding my head while reading Mr. Kenneth Cohen's article in Qi (Vol. 10, No. 2, 2000). I thought he had sufficient knowledge of Qigong and Eastern culture until I saw his personal opinion of Falun Gong. After I finished the article, I came to the conclusion that Mr. Cohen must not have a sufficient understanding of Falun Gong, not even superficially. I believe he took truncated sentences from a Falun Dafa web site and misinterpreted them at his own will. All his doubts are very reasonable. If I had not read all of Mr. Li Hongzhi's works many, many times... if I did not practice Falun Gong myself and had learned from self experience... or if I were ignorant about all the facts discovered in the scientific world... I would definitely agree with him.

This is a most fearsome thing. Because I could have been misled to believe that Falun Gong was a mish-mash of bizarre beliefs that was created by a psycho and therefore miss the most precious thing I could ever encounter in my life. Yet, I should not blame Mr. Cohen, since perhaps he did not read the principle book of Falun Gong--Zhuan Falun. This would explain why he could have such a deep misunderstanding. Did Mr. Cohen surf through a Falun Gong web site and read some pieces of Mr. Li's articles that were intended for Falun Gong practitioners? It is very easy for people to misinterpret these articles if they never read Zhuan Falun.

I would like to answer Mr. Cohen's questions with my personal experience. Hopefully this will help other readers have a more fair understanding about Falun Gong.

Falun Gong is the best thing that ever happened in my life. My earliest memory about Qigong was when I was 4 to 5 years old. My grandfather used to take me to a park near our home in Beijing every morning. He would be doing slow graceful movements while I was playing around. I really liked to watch him. He told me it was called t'ai chi (taijiquan). As I grew up, I was incessantly interested in learning different kinds of Qigong and always wanted to learn more about the mysterious human body. I knew that there must be a reason to why Qigong can cure diseases and there must be more things that a human body can do at its potential. As a consequence I studied biology and medicine. I explored different religions. Yet, I was disappointed and felt that I might never be able to find the answers to these questions during my lifetime.

One afternoon in December 1996, I received a book called Zhuan Falun that had been mailed to me by a friend. I had time to read it through continuously, finishing it that same day. It was a very good start for me as I later learnt most people could not stick with Falun Gong because of not being able to thoroughly finish reading Zhuan Falun to the end. Immediately, I knew I had encountered what I was searching for. Although at that time, my understanding of Falun Gong was still immensely shallow, I found the book had already answered many of my questions regarding diseases, mysteries of the human body, Qigong, religions, society, the origin of humans, and much more. This is why I wanted to learn Falun Gong.

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