Chuang Yen Monastery

Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel

Chuang Yen Monastery
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visitors learn about the principles of Buddhism by attending meditation classes provided in both English and Chinese.
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Adventures0fAandL
New York City, NY316 contributions
Couples
Initially I wanted to stop here on the way to somewhere else primarily to see their gardens. This turned out to be a very interesting and relaxing stop. I came on a Sunday morning and, although I am a Christian not a Buddhist, I found much to enjoy here. I did not realize they would be holding services during my visit and the chanting and bit of pageantry were lovely and immediately transported one to Asia without the airfare. Another pleasant surprise was the $6 vegetarian plate lunch. Simple, authentic Chinese home cooking! Some nice things in the gift shop, a pretty lake and some monuments to see also. Never did find much in the way of cultivated (as opposed to woodland) gardens but was very glad we stopped. I believe much of what we enjoyed (lunch, chanting) is only happening on Sunday around noon though, so check their website. Also, be sure and wear slip off shoes and be aware that there are lots of stairs involved.
Written August 11, 2014
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2011hdesl
Yonkers, NY5 contributions
去塵除垢
Watch silent turtle wading
As tour bus gatherings feed coy beyond the No feeding signs
Release the worries of cities so near
Soak in the incense purify the spirit if only for a moment
Bring your own utensils for discounted lunch prices...Simple fair any vegan would relish
I like the instant coffee to get back from serenity
My child enjoys the Great Buddha sitting quietly

Largest statue of Buddha in North America....
Written June 25, 2011
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YGr
Staten Island, NY770 contributions
Family
A very beautiful and peaceful place in upstate with charismatic and powerful influences. The Great Buddha Hall is majestic. Giant statue with fantastic environment. You should put off your shoes entering the building. Light music and a lot of flowers everywhere. Outstanding meditation hall. A lunch for veggies from 12 to 1 PM on weekends for 6 $. Don't miss monastery lake. It's very picturesque. This monastery is really impressive and one of a kind. You should spend at least 2-3 hours there.
Written May 11, 2013
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IngaVlad
Westchester, New York, United States92 contributions
Family
If I could I would not give this horrible place even one star!..I don’t know what kind of terribly cheap strong chemicals they using to clean carpet there!..Me and my young daughter got terrible contact dermatitis on our feet after walking barefoot inside the temple...Two weeks late we still suffering from it!..Shame on you, people!..
We have been in many places where required to walk barefoot (masks in Istanbul...Andalusia ) but never got anything like that!..Shame on you!..
Written August 22, 2019
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Bjorkus
Syracuse75 contributions
Couples
We were there on a Saturday morning around 9:30am. There was only one other car in the visitor parking area, but the main building was packed full of people, all in special attire, having some sort of service. Most of the signs have English under them, so you know what something is, but there aren't any directions as to where you should be going to see stuff, what there is to see, or areas you're allowed to go into. None of the other buildings were open as far as we could tell, and we were only able to peak inside at the giant Buddha, because we didn't want to be disrespectful and disrupt their service. The buildings are interesting for someone who's never been to China, but overall it just doesn't feel like the kind of place a tourist should stop.
Written October 7, 2014
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travaillour
New Jersey993 contributions
Beautiful campus, gives feeling of peace. Wear walking shoes some areas are steep. Gift shop does not take plastic.
Written November 14, 2010
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tclaudio2017
New York City, NY35 contributions
While it is a Monastery in every sense of the word, you do not feel ovewhelmed by it, rather you come away with whatever you let yourself feel. For me, it was a deep sense of calm. Allow extra time to hike the trails near by.
Written July 7, 2019
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Vincenza123
Carmel, NY4 contributions
Solo
A great place to get away from the noise of today's world. There are courses offered in Buddhist teachings (a peaceful way of life), meditations, and even just walking the grounds lifts your spirits and calms your mind. The vegetarian lunch is also very good.
Written July 10, 2018
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Kathi H
20 contributions
Solo
One of the top experiences for visiting friends and family to our home- can be quiet and contemplative Or a place for the kids to run with exuberance ( not in the temple..... :-). )
Written April 9, 2018
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Chin S
29 contributions
Friends
The last place you expect to see a Giant Buddja - Great experience for the family. I heard they have retreats there as well which a friend of my went to. Stay for the lunch, It is vegetarian and about $6.00.

I can imagine this place in the winter time, Filled with snow, makes great background for weddings and photography
Written May 30, 2017
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