The government tells us that it is a cult of evil and those who committed self-immolation in Tiananmen Square were deceived into believing that by doing it they could thus ascend into Heaven and obtain eternity. It's just what I saw on textbooks.
it's a cult. there is no doubt about it and there is tons of evidence that they're the sort of cult that collects tons of money from followers and tell them never to use medicine when sick (pray instead). many people die from that. they tend to target gullible old people.
A students in my high school has a grandmother was a member of Falun Gong. She witnessed how it gradually became a cult and she quit it. I've heard of many stories of its believers going mad because of it.