It took two days to prepare and gather more than 6,000 people in Taipei, Taiwan to form the emblem of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong in the middle of a large city square.
The participants wore bright colors from head to toe and sat in a meditation position to form different parts of the emblem at Liberty Square, a popular tourist site named for Taiwan’s transition to democracy. The emblem’s symbol, called “falun” in Chinese, means “law wheel.”
They also created three Chinese characters for “Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance,” the core teaching of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, or “Great Way of the Law Wheel.” Around the emblem and characters are rays of yellow light, showing Buddha’s grace illuminating the world, according to Wu Ching-hsiang, a retired architect who designed the formation.
This kind of large-scale character formation was common in China before July 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party began a brutal persecution against practitioners of Falun Gong, who are harassed, arrested, jailed, and even killed for their beliefs.
Now, Falun Gong meditators outside of mainland China create these beautiful formations and plan other events, such as parades and peaceful demonstrations, to let the world know that they have not forgotten their friends and family who are being persecuted in China.
“The world needs truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance,” said Huang Chun-mei, deputy chairman of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, who organized the activity.
“If everyone in society follows these principles, our society will be better.”