An Inspiriting Visit to Chuang Yen Monastery in the Hudson Valley

1There 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.

We spent a few hours this past Sunday, walking the grounds, meditating, and learning so much . It was a perfect sunny day and we left with a sense of great fullness, happiness and wonder.Chuang Yen Monastery Kuan-Yin Hall

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 Monastery Buddha, Vairocana

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

Chuang Yen Monastery buddahsChuang Yen Monastery around Buddha, VairocanaIf you visit, plan to spend some time here, or attend one of CYM’s many events.

Outside are such wonders as the Bhodi Path. “Bodhi” literally means “awaken.” Thus, Bodhi Path means “Path to Awakening.”

Chuang Yen Monastery Bodhi Path Chuang Yen Monastery TheraHere 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


There is the Seven Jewels Lake, the jewels represent the treasures of the Dharma.Chuang Yen Monastery Seven Jewels Lake Chuang Yen Monastery Seven Jewels Lake pagodaAnd many other beautiful sights.

Chuang Yen Monastery Boardwalk Path 3 Chuang Yen Monastery Thousand Lotus Memorial peopleAs we drove home we delighted in a rich happy contentment. Our souls refreshed and whole. Please make the time to visit.

Chuang Yen Monastery

2020 NY-301, Carmel, NY 10512
(845) 225-1819

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