Followers of Falun Gong, an exercise and meditation ritual, will discuss and demonstrate the practices of their group at 7 p.m. today in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.
Falun Gong, which started in China in 1992, is practiced by millions in 40 countries, including the United States. An active group meets in Baltimore.
The popular practice is under attack by the Chinese government, and practitioners are being persecuted, said Larry Wu, a Western Maryland College associate professor of philosophy and religious studies.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a form of qigong, an ancient Chinese practice of refining the body and mind through exercises and meditation.
The method was introduced in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, who also emphasizes cleansing the character through higher principles, in addition to the mind and body. Li has written two books on his method. The ritual includes five exercises based on what is known as the Buddha's School.
The lecture and demonstration are free.