Mr. Li Hongzhi (李洪志先生) is the founder of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong). Master Li (referred to respectfully by Falun Gong practitioners as “Master” or “Teacher” or “Shifu” (師父)) first taught the practice to the general public in 1992 in northeastern China in the city of Changchun (長春).

Master Li Hongzhi
Master Li Hongzhi

Teacher Li is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for his efforts to promote human betterment. By April 2001, Master Li had received over 340 awards and proclamations from Australia, Canada, China (before the suppression), Japan, Russia, and the U.S. in recognition of the extraordinary contributions to people’s spiritual and physical health, and to freedom of belief in the world.
Mr. Li Hongzhi has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 and 2001 and the Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought in 2001 by over 25 members of European Parliament.

In 2013, Teacher Li Hongzhi was ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 500 most powerful people in the world.

Inside China

Master Li Hongzhi was born in Gongzhuling city, Jilin province, China on May 13, 1951.

1992: First Public Teaching

Master Li's Qigong teaching certificates i
Master Li’s Qigong teaching certificates issued by Chinese government

Mr. Li Hongzhi gave his first public teaching of Falun Gong at Changchu, China on May 13, 1992.

Between 1992 to 1994, Master Li traveled throughout China,  giving 54 classes and teaching Falun Gong exercises. Classes typically last 8-10 days, two hours per day. Seminars are often arranged by local government-run qi-gong organizations. Attendees range from a few hundred to upwards of 6,000 per event. Please refer to for a chronicle of major events of Teacher Li during this period.

Mr. Li Honzhi Lectured in China 1992-1994
Mr. Li Honzhi Lectured in China 1992-1994

Mr. Li differentiated Falun Gong from other schools of Qi-Gong by emphasizing Xinxing (moral values, character, or thought).

In 1992, Teacher Li Hongzhi also received the most awards from the 1992 Asian Health Expo held in Beijing, China.

1993: First “China Falun Gong” Book

In 1993, Master Li Hongzhi was praised by an organization (中华见义勇为基金会) of the Ministry of Public Security of China after providing treatment for 100 injured police officers.

Mr. Li Hongzhi again received many awards from the the 1993 Asian Health Expo in Beijing.

Awards received at Beijing's Asian Health Expo in 1993
Awards received at Beijing’s Asian Health Expo in 1993

Teacher Li’s first book, China Falun Gong (“Falun Gong”), was published by Military Yiwen Press (军事谊文出版社) in 1993.
Falun-Gong book

1994: First Falun Gong Teaching Video

In 1994, Mr. Li Hongzhi was invited to gave lectures at the Public Security University in Beijing and donated all proceeds from the seminars to a foundation for injured police officers.

Mr. Li was honored a “Grandmaster of Qigong,” by the Jilin Province Qigong Science Research Association on May 6, 1994.

Teacher Li published the Falun Gong Instruction Video Tape in September, 1994.

In December, Mr. Li gave the last Falun Gong public teaching in China at Dalian, about 6600 people attended this class.

1995: First “Zhuan Falun” Book

On January 4, 1995, Master Li held the publishing ceremony of the “Zhuan Falun” book at the auditorium of the Ministry of Public Security of China. Master Li also announced the conclusion of his teaching in China.
Zhuan Falun Beginner Package

1999:Falun Gong Banned by China

On July 22, 1999, Falun Gong was officially banned by China’s communist rulers, and the Ministry of Public Security of China levelled a series of charges against Master Li on July 29, 1999.

Outside China

Master Li finished teaching Falun Gong in China, and began teaching the practice abroad in 1995.   He moved to the United States in 1996 with his wife and daughter.

1995: First Teaching Abroad

His first stop is Paris, France in March 1995. Master Li was invited to the Chinese embassy to teach the Falun Dafa.

Master Li Lectured in Paris 1995
Master Li Lectured in Paris 1995

Master Li also held a seven-day teaching session in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1995. It was one of the few such sessions that Mr. Li held overseas and was the last one of the series.

Between 1995 and 1999, Master Li gave Falun Dafa lectures in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Master Li Lectured in Taipei, Taiwaan in November 1997
Master Li Lectured in Taipei, Taiwan in November 1997

1996: First Houston Lecture

Although the city of Houston named Master Li an honorary citizen and goodwill ambassador for his “unselfish public service for the benefit and welfare of mankind” in 1994, Master Master Li Hongzhi went to the city and gave his first lectures on Falun Dafa on October 12, 1996. Master Li talked for about six hours straight, without even a sip of water.

Master Li's First Oversea Recognition From Houston Texas, USA
Master Li’s First Oversea Recognition 1994 Houston Texas, USA

1999: Awards & Recongnitions

In July 1999, Master Li received recognitions from the cities of Chicago and San Jose.

Master Li receives awards in Chicago
Master Li is presented with award in Chicago, 1999.

2000: Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

In 2000, Master Li  was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Many more awards and recognitions of Mr. Li Hongzhi were issued after 1999 China’s banning of Falun Gong. Please refer to the list of Governmental Awards and Recognition of Falun Dafa at

2001: Freedom House Award

In 2001, Master Li Hongzhi was

  • nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize again;
  • nominated for the 2001 Sakharov Prize by over 28 members of European Parliament;
  • ranked the most powerful communicator in Asia by Asiaweek magazine.

And Master Li received an International Religious Freedom Award from the Freedom House on March 14, 2001.

Li Honzhi Falun Gong Freedom House's Award
Teacher Li Honzhi Falun Gong Freedom House’s Award

2013: More…

In 2013, Mr. Li Hongzhi was ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 500 most powerful people in the world.

Master Li Speaks at Chicago Ceremony
Master Li Speaks at Chicago Ceremony, Accepting Proclamations from Governor of Illinois.

Master Li has rarely appeared in public since 2000, but still speaks at the Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conferences to provide necessary guidance for Falun Dafa cultivation.