Article in Russian Weekly Newspaper: "Chinese Art in Magnitogorsk City"
The Following is the translation of an article entitled "Chinese Art in Magnitogorsk City," which was published in a Russian weekly newspaper in July 2004.
Falun Gong is a Buddhist cultivation practice that was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in May 1992. With its principles of the highest universal characteristic ¡®Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance', Falun Gong is practiced according to the principles of universal evolution and quickly became immensely popular throughout the Qigong community in China. Its emergence has had a huge impact on all levels of society. Falun Gong is also called Falun Dafa. Today you can also find the practice in our city of Magnitogorsk.
This cultivation practice used to be secretly cultivated, and secretly passed on to only one disciple by a cultivation master. However, to enable all predestined people leading a busy lifestyle from every level of society to obtain a chance to practice, including those from different races, nationalities and age groups, today Mr Li Hongzhi has made some changes to the form of this ancient practice to make it easy to learn and suitable for today's people. Falun Dafa is one of the forms of Qigong, requiring practitioners to assimilate themselves to the highest universal characteristic of ¡®Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance.' It clearly points out that cultivating one's moral character is the key to the practice, practitioners need to improve their moral standard while doing the exercises. Moreover, it also has the facility of refining one's body, which requires exercise to strengthen the functions of the body.
Falun Gong has won a hundred million people's hearts in seventy countries world-wide. It is widespread in every corner of the world and now more and more people from other areas are getting started to practice Falun Dafa.
Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa, has been translated into over twenty-five languages and published all over the world.
According to official statistics, approximately a hundred million Qigong people became practitioners of Falun Gong in China. Now in Magnitogorsk city, there are also a lot of such people, they are making efforts towards a harmonious inner world in order to obtain a healthy body. Whoever wants to learn the practice can have free lessons at the exercise site at Victory Park alongside the river, opposite the front monument, every Wednesday and Thursday between 6pm and 9pm.