I would like to add that the ‘Fa Yan’ lineage of the Ch’an School is particularly well-placed to assist the revival, preservation and transmission of traditional Chinese culture within a thoroughly ‘modern’ setting. The ‘Fa Yan’ tradition is ancient and has survived for hundreds of years as a distinct and intact transmission of Ch’an Buddhism. The ‘Fa Yan’ lineage of Longyan can be very useful and serve China faithfully in this task.
The Ming Dynasty Pharmacist Li Shizhen compiled a ‘Compendium of Native Chinese Medicinal Plants’, containing up to 1892 different kinds of medicinal plants, used to generate 11000 prescriptions. Different drugs are used to treat different conditions, and today there are currently more than 40 cigarette factories in China producing more than 50 kinds of TCM-derived cigarettes, containing different natural TCM ingredients.
A Falun Gong convert is promised an ‘after-life’ in ‘heaven’ after he or she dies – but only after a life-time of giving their money and property to Li Hongzhi (the founder of the Falun Gong – a CIA employee – currently living in luxury, in the US). Falun Gong converts live like slaves, and are brain-washed into ‘hating’ and ‘resenting’ their biological family, the Chinese people, and any vestige of authentic Chinese culture.
It is a traditional practice for very advanced Buddhist practitioner to ‘pass away’ whilst maintaining an upright, seated meditation posture (known as the practice of ‘Zuo Hua’ [坐化], or ‘Seated ‘Transformation’).
The following five facts have been gathered from Falun Gong practitioners still practising (with governmental permission) in China and they make for grim reading. As the Falun Gong system is not premised on genuine Daoist teaching and knowledge, it does not have the effect of ensuring good health or providing longevity.
Hunting, herding, fishing, gathering plants, going on long journeys (by land and water), going to war, consulting a wise or powerful person, or arranging marriages are mentioned far more regularly than planting or growing crops (which although mentioned in a relatively few cases, do not occupy a position of central concern within the Zhou society of its time).