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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
‘Truth, Compassion, Tolerance’ Falun Gong Art Exhibit Graces Queen’s University
Epoch Times- by David Kilgour: Since 2004, this exhibition has toured more than 200 cities in 40 countries. The pieces were done by artists who practise Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), an ancient discipline which seeks to improve body, character, and ethics. It contains the essence of traditional spiritual systems, like Buddhism and Daoism (Taoism), combined with a set of gentle exercises. Its core principles are “truth, compassion and forbearance.” It today evidently has millions of practitioners of diverse backgrounds in more than 100 countries.
The Party has repressed Falun Gong with savage brutality continuously since July 1999. Torture, rapes, beatings to death, detentions in forced labour camps, brainwashing—all have become the daily lot of many Falun Gong practitioners across China. Practitioners have put up a non-violent, principled, and energetic defence of human rights in China and in the other countries where practitioners now live.
In an effort to end the barbaric persecution, Professor Kunlun Zhang and other artists decided to express their personal understanding of the universe in this exhibit. Realism oil painting, or New-Renaissance, was chosen as the genre for its narrative capabilities, accessibility, and purity.