Texts

The very first book published about Falun Gong was in 1993 and it introduces Falun Gong and qigong. It also talks about its close relationship with Buddhism and the journey of spiritual and moral character. There are also illustrations in the book, which show how to do the exercises and meditation. The book Zhuan Falun goes into more depth about the teachings and was published in 1995. It is separated into nine sections and was taken from a series of lectures Li gave over the previous three years in China. Since the first novel was published many Falun Gong texts have been translated into 38 different languages. Li has also written a number of other texts including poetry and articles and lectures that can be purchased on Falun Gong Internet sites.

There are many religious and philosophical terms usedin the teachings of Falun Gong. They draw on Chinese folklore and popular Chinese religion written in Li’s own colloquial style. Westerners can often find the texts difficult to read because of this.