At the center of Dragon Springs is a Buddhist temple built in the style of the Tang Dynasty. The majestic Tang Dynasty, which reigned from the seventh to the tenth century, is often considered China’s cultural golden age. Its culture, clothing, and architectural styles have inspired generations ever since. Dragon Springs’ temple includes a collection of buildings built following the Tang ideal—blending the man-made with the natural. There is barely a screw, nail, or metal joint to be found in the buildings’ all-timber structures. Every aspect of a Tang temple is created with faith and serenity in mind.
Dragon Springs is home to people who practice the spiritual discipline called Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong. In the 1990s, some 100 million people practiced Falun Dafa in China. But the Chinese Communist Party, which does not tolerate religious freedom, feared the sheer number of people practicing Falun Dafa and began persecuting them in 1999. From that day forward, these gentle people have been arrested, sent to labor camps, raped, tortured, and killed for their peaceful beliefs. The persecution goes on in China still today.
Around the world, however, Falun Dafa is celebrated for having brought mental peace and physical well-being to countless people. And Dragon Springs is a refuge for many Falun Dafa practitioners who escaped persecution in China. Here, in the serenity of the Shawangunk Mountains, they have again found freedom and peace. Falun Dafa practitioners worldwide who visit Dragon Springs, treat their visits as very special spiritual journeys.
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