Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday in the Hood 2: Public Meditation

Falun Gong adherents were in Civic Center Plaza this morning practicing their exercises together.

These are accompanied by recorded music that sounds like Chinese pop versions of Western New Age music, which is fairly ghastly and does not seem very conducive to spiritual meditation, but to each their own musical taste.

Somehow I have ended up on an email list from the persecuted religious group where movement founder Li Hongzhi is usually extolled as the only leader who will be of any help in the imminent global apocalypse. Homosexuals are also singled out as particularly pernicious influences in modern culture. This doesn't make them any different from plenty of Christian denominations, but it is still discouraging that a new spiritual tradition has embraced such rancid garbage.

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