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WHY LI HONGZHI IS EXTRAORDINARY
As far as Li Hongzhi is concerned, he’s only answering to a calling. Trained by the masters, according to his hagiography, Li was sent to teach the people the power of Falun Gong, a type of Qi Gong that focuses on healing and has these three tenets as principles—truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. All of his readings and teachings are available online free of charge. Perhaps, that’s what draws people to him and despite of the black propaganda drummed up against him, his organization keeps flourishing.
WHAT IS FALUN GONG?
Falun Gong, according to their website, is:
"… a practice that can remove illnesses, keep people fit and make one live longer. Like tai chi, it's a morning exercise. People practicing Falun Gong are expected to follow the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. And they must speak truthfully, have compassion, be benevolent, be tolerant. But whether people have other faiths or not, they can all practice Falun Gong. We do not get involved in faiths. We respect all of them." (SOURCE: Kenyon.edu)
These teachings appeal to many and have been the main reason why people are drawn to his organization. It’s non-denominational and they accept followers with open arms. This earned Li Hongzhi two Nobel Peace nominations, in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His books were bestsellers and have been translated to over 30 different languages.
In 1996, the city of Houston named Li as an honorary citizen and goodwill ambassador for his "unselfish public service for the benefit and welfare of mankind," while the Freedom House bestowed on him and Falun Gong the International Religious Freedom Award for the advancement of religious and spiritual freedom in 2001. Asiaweek ranked him the most powerful communicator in Asia in the same year and he was nominated for the Sakharov Prize by over 25 members of European Parliament.
His most recent accolade was in 2013 when he was ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 500 most powerful people in the world.
10 REASONS WHY LI HONGZHI IS EXTRAORDINARY
- He developed the Falun Gong, a type of Qi Gong that's anchored on truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
- The organization has been key to the transformation of the lives of millions of people.
- His books "Falun Gong" and "Zhuan Falun" became bestsellers and were translated into more than 30 languages.
- Houston named him as an honorary citizen and goodwill ambassador for his "unselfish public service for the benefit and welfare of mankind."
- The Freedom House bestowed Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong with an International Religious Freedom Award for the advancement of religious and spiritual freedom.
- He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
- He was ranked the most powerful communicator in Asia by Asiaweek.
- He was nominated for the Sakharov Prize by over 25 members of European Parliament.
- He was ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 500 most powerful people in the world.
- He received Honorary Citizenship awarded by The State of Georgia and city of Atlanta.