Letters, Week of May 15, 2013

Not in-Spire-ational

To The Editor:

I don’t find anything ceremonial about the topping of a spire of a building that was hardly liked by the people (Posted DowntownExpress.com, May 2, “Last spire piece reaches top of 1 W.T.C.— assembly required”).

Not only is this so-called One World Trade Center truly not the tallest building in the hemisphere, but not in the nation, or the state.

The main reason why I don’t appreciate this building is because of the fact that it was built in the fear of a terrorist attack rather than having back what was taken us from that day, which was the Twin Towers, making it nothing more than a bad replacement.  In reality, we really did let the terrorists change us on 9/11 by allowing for this to be built.

Just imagine if this was the Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty that was destroyed and those in charge said that they didn’t want them rebuilt either because they would claim it would be disrespectful to those that died, or that it would just become another target.

Tal Barzilai

Religious education 

To The Editor:

I have taken note of the report of “No Charter Member” on your website (UnderCover, May 1 – 14). I appreciate that your website exposes the fraudulent letter of intent submitted by Miss Wang Tongwen (Dr. Lotus King Weiss). However, I’d also like to point out two critical misconceptions in your report: One, Falun Gong is not a controversial practice; two, Miss Wang Tongwen is not a genuine Falun Gong practitioner.

Many democratic countries in the world, including allies of the Chinese Communist Party, recognize Falun Dafa (Falun Gong), and in these countries Falun Dafa are free to practice and spread. Falun Dafa is one of the mainstream beliefs in most countries except communist China.

Falun Dafa (minghui.org and Clearwisdom.net) has issued a note and clearly declared that Miss Wang Tongwen is not a true Falun Gong practitioner.

Wang Tongwen claims that she wants to spread the doctrine (teaching) of Confucius, but it is well known that Confucius is an atheist (Analects of Confucius clearly says that he does not believe in God). Falun Dafa practitioners are theists, who worship Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi and his teachings “Zhuan Falun”. It is impossible for a true Falun Dafa practitioner to try to spread Confucius’ atheism.

We are grateful for your kind attention to Falun Dafa and its cause. We hope your can post our open letter to clarify the situation.

Juliana Song

Flushing, New York

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4 Responses to Letters, Week of May 15, 2013

  1. To Ms Juliana Song

    I don’t think your conclusion of “Confucius is an atheist” is absolutely right. In ancient China, there were many masters who had no strong religious inclination, including Master Laotzi (Tao,Taoism). Definately speaking, Master Lao tzi and his successor Master Zhuangzi were two of famous philosophers in Spring and Autum Period (2,000 years ago).

    In my opinion, it is sarcastic for Falun Dafa’s founder, Master Li Hongzhi worshiped Lao tzi. More interestingly, Master Li Hongzhi speaks highly of Confucius in his Teaching (or Bible?):

    “Being greatly influenced by Confucianism, we Chinese are different from other nations in moral concepts.”

    “Let me tell you that Confucianism belongs to the Tao School when its cultivation reaches the extremely high dimension, while many Western religions fall into the Buddha School and belong to the same system of the Buddha School when they reach the very high dimension. There are just two major schools. “(http://www.falundafa.org/book/eng/pdf/zfl_en.pdf)

    Dr. Lotus King Weiss/Wang Tongwen was,is and will be a famous Falun Dafa practitioner in Chinatown.It is doubtful for Falun Dafa denied the truth that Wang’s its follower, ’cause Falun Dafa is a no-member-register group as it has claimed for more than 20 years.

    Miss Song, I think you are covering sorta truth which is harmful to Falun Dafa?

    LA, CA

  2. Who is Master Li Hongzhi?
    Google it, you'll soon get it: Li Hongzhi, a former trumpet-player from north-east China, is well-known as "Living Buddha" to his followers. The government of Beijing also have a few other monickers for Mr Li. They have branded him the leader of an "evil cult" and a dangerous mind-control charlatan.
    Mr Li was born in Jilin province, China in July 7 in 1952 (according to Chinese government) or May 13 in 1951 (according to Li himself, and May 13 is the birthday of Buddhism's founder, Sakyamuni). it's said (or master li hongzhi says) that he is a being from a higher level who has come to help humankind from the destruction it could face as the result of rampant evil.

  3. Master Li Hongzhi believes that aliens walk the Earth and he can walk through walls and make himself invisible.
    Li is a former trumpet-player in Chinese Communist Party's People Liberation Army. He was a Communist Youth League member but not a CCP membber . He became famous in Qigong Boom of 1990s in China.
    Western cult investigators appear uncertain as to whether Mr Li is the benign leader of a quasi-religious martial art or the figurehead of a far more sinister organisation.

  4. Whether Falun Gong has merit or not it absolutely is a controversial practice. My Master lived in China during the time that Falun Gong became popular and he talked of how students were committing suicide because they felt the practice gave them supernatural powers such as the ability to fly. In other words it led some students into a state of delusion.

    Qigong for Health

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