8.4. Canonical Falun Gong texts (法轮功的经典著作)

It appears that Falun Gong cannon is present at: https://falundafa.org/

The two main books are:

The initial versions of both of those texts contained versions of Li Hongzhi’s hagiography (李洪志的圣徒传记).

It contains LHZ's approved texts/speech transcriptions, which are sacred.

The only sacred version is Chinese which is a sacred language, and of which there is only one perfect revision.

This is perfectly analogous to the role of:

Protestants and later the Catholic church, have moved away from such really bad strategy however, the accessibility of Christianity is seen on the entrance of many many churches which have a sign "ALL are welcome". Perhaps this is also related to the fact that Christianism was already based on translating earlier Judaic texts to Greek, so the sacred language barrier was already broken. Well played.

The English translation is made by followers, and gets new revisions from time to time to reduce translation imperfections.

However, the Chinese language seems to be fundamentally sacred, and there might never be a sacred English version approved by LHZ.

LHZ is of course a de-facto God with superpowers, and can of course speak all languages, but for reasons he didn’t just write an English translation himself.

This is a reasonable command to download the English cannon for grepping:

wget -r -l inf --no-remove-listing --no-clobber --no-parent -w 2 https://en.falundafa.org/falun-dafa-books.html

TODO: need to find a way to wrap lines, otherwise grep might fail on sentences.

But funnily the Canon books appear to all be copyrighted, likely "to avoid other people from modifying his sacred text", which is funny since the dude’s the voice of absolute truth of the universe, but you still gotta copyright that I guess.

Nothing else is canonical. LHZ seems to have said that there are enlightened followers, but has not specified who, so we can’t derive canon from anyone else.

Notably, FLG media such as https://www.minghui.org/ is believer led and thus not canonical, even though believers have very high confidence in it, and LHZ directly supports it.

CCP cult leaders such as Xi Jinping (习近平, 2012-∞, Heil卐!) and Mao Zedong (毛泽东, 1954–1976) have also published their own canon books, e.g.: