Compassion - Humility - Frugality
In Ch'an Buddhism, the dragon plays many roles -- as a symbol of enlightenment and also as a symbol for ourselves. For example, "meeting the dragon in the cave" is a metaphor for confronting one's own deepest fears and obstacles.
The Dragon Mountain Temple and Zen Community Center is a religious non-profit that serves the community no matter what their faith or affiliation. Our sole mission is to end suffering and to this end we support education, healthcare initiatives, food and assistance relief programs through providing direct care or assistance to other agencies.
In keeping with the needs of modern times, the Master Instructor, Cassandra Tribe, is trained in the major philosophies and tenets of the local major religions so as to assist people who are not Buddhist to honor and serve their faiths, identify common practices and work together to enlighten and enrich the local community. We believe that the community is best served when all strive towards the common goal to alleviate suffering and increase economic, health and spiritual well-being.
We provide programs to educate students on traditional Chinese culture and arts, Ch,an Buddhism, Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Chen Tai Chi and Jian Shu; as well as serve to provide support and training in the contemplative practices of other faiths. In addition, the Center is also key to providing community service programs that not only bring wellness care to marginalized communities in Rhode Island and all of New England, but serves as a means for students to engage in community service.
Our goal is to create total wellness in the lives of our members, and the members of the surrounding community - through incorporating dharma/Dharma, cultural traditions, arts, energy, physical and medical arts. Dragon Mountain is the New England Regional Office of the International Ch'an Buddhist Institute. The spiritual authority for the New England Regional Office of the ICBI covers the geographical area occupied and represented by the following States of the United States of America (USA):
1) The State of Maine.
2) The State of Massachusetts.
3) The State of New Hampshire.
4) The State of Vermont.
5) The State of Rhode Island.
6) The State of Connecticut.
The headquarters of the New England Regional Office of the ICBI is situated at the Dragon Mountain Zen Community Center, in the State of Rhode Island. As a spiritual authority, this Regional Office is requested to advise and teach Ch'an meditation throughout the geographical area that falls under its control. Where necessary, a designated Regional Office can appoint Local Branches of the ICBI. The ICBI global network is a facility for the transportation and dissemination of genuine spiritual knowledge amongst the people supporting the principle of the use of developmental meditation within society, and acknowledges Ch'an Master Xu Yun (1840-1959) as the founding inspiration of the ICBI Project.