There are some things that really can’t be described in words or even in pictures. I’ll never forget stepping into the majestic, centuries old, duomo in Orvieto on Diana and I’s first trip to Italy in 1985. I had seen pictures in books and magazines, no internet then, but nothing came close to the real thing. The swelling sense of awe as I lingered in and about such an amazing structure was extraordinary.
My perspective on larger than life world treasures like this was changed forever. Since then I’ve had many more magnifying experiences, the breadth of my imagination continues to grow. If I look at a image of say Victoria Falls, a place I’d like to see, I know what I get from the photo can be no more than say 30% of what it is like being there.
Such is the case Chuang Yen Monastery, nothing can compare to being here.
Buddhism is arguably the world’s third largest practiced religion, even though it does not recognize God or an ultimate source of creation it is deeply spiritual.
Defined “As a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.” The Buddhist Center
Chuang Yen temple is home to the largest indoor statue of Buddha in the United States. The words Chuang Yen means “Majestically Adorned”. The “Adornment” refers to the adornment of the Buddha’s teachings. Introducing Chuang Yen Monastery
Outside are such wonders as the Bhodi Path. “Bodhi” literally means “awaken.” Thus, Bodhi Path means “Path to Awakening.”
Here you will find statues and stories of 18 statues of Arahants, 9 on each side. The 18 Arahants were great disciples of the Buddha. More
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