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“Treasure hidden in kent NY”

Chuang Yen Monastery
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: Visitors learn about the principles of Buddhism by attending meditation classes provided in both English and Chinese.
Carmel, New York
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Treasure hidden in kent NY”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

I love walking throught the peaceful gardens, adn trails at this wonderful monestary. The statues, and large Buddah in the temple are incredeble and awe inspiring no matter what your religion. There are Sunday Brunch events and special events all year.

Visited August 2012
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new york
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74 reviews
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“Nice Day Trip and Veggie Lunch”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

I have been here several times over the years and love it. I love to sit and meditate with the big buddha, I do not worship it though ;o) If you know what I mean. I have taken a class here on meditation as well. It was pleasant. Great photos to be taken. Also, they offer public lunch on the weekends I think at 1pm. Call first to make sure they are serving lunch that day. Nice to go when it is warm, but also during winter months it is pretty. They have a wonderful gift shop. Again, call to make sure it's open when you visit.

1 Thank tonic67
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Howell, New Jersey
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17 reviews
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“Peaceful respite from our hectic daily lives”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Serene grounds to commune with nature. Free to the public but donations welcome and benefit you as well as monastery. Incense provided outside the hall for everyone to light. Bring matches - sometimes these are not readily available.Weather protected area to remove shoes outside the temple before entering. It is good to bring clean slippers to wear once inside the main temple.You can walk around freely in the hall or meditate. You may also want to bring a pillow seat for meditation. A long table and plates are provided if you want to bring a vegetarian food offering. Within the great hall you will find many free buddhist publications written in Chinese and English. Woo Ju Library open to public where they have a live bodhi tree and books of varied languages. Small gift shop. No food/drink available for purchase. Sat/Sun vegetarian lunch available from volunteers. Closed Jan 2 - March 31, but opened for Chinese New Year. Check calendar for events. Please take the time to find and read the biography of Chia-Tsin Shen. He and his wife donated the property - it is an inspiring, lovely story. Best wishes for a beautiful visit.

Visited October 2012
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Hopewell Junction, New York
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119 reviews
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“Serene atmosphere”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Lovely gardens and sculptures in a serene, picturesque setting in Putnam County. Great place to relanx and learn about the culture.

Visited August 2012
Thank Jim2525
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Ardsley, NY
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Very special place”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

An awesome place to visit. Great vibe, and beautiful buildings. Great Buddha Hall is amazing and has the biggest Buddha in the western hemisphere. Bring bread to feed the carp/koi in the pond... delightfully horrifying how the climb over each other!

Visited September 2012
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