Did you know that the largest indoor statue of Buddha in the Western Hemisphere is located right here in the Hudson Valley?
...and I got to see it! It's true!!!! Chuang Yen Monastery and the Buddhist Association of the United States is located in Putnam County.
In fact, the statue of Buddha and the Buddhist Temple are set on an amazingly scenic property of over 200 acres. All this in the town of Kent & Carmel, NY.
I'll admit that I didn't know what to expect as I drove through the front gates. But WOW, it was a game changer for me.
I was in awe of the beauty of this place. I, consequentially, took even more pictures than I usually do.
And that's saying A LOT!
Where is the statue of Buddha & the Buddhist Temple Located?
I visited Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent, NY on a warm Spring afternoon.
Without knowing anything prior to my visit, I took the drive to see what I would find there.
According to their website:
"Chuang Yen means 'Majestically Adorned'. The pristine and beautiful grounds of the CYM is inviting to the public and the ideal place to provide inspiration and cultivate awareness to develop wisdom."
Plan a Day to Visit Chuang Yen Monastery:
I advise you to set aside a few hours for a proper visit to the Monastery. Stop by for a walk, an afternoon of tranquility and/or meditation, a Saturday tour of the grounds (at 1 pm) or for the weekly vegetarian lunch (Sat & Sun) served by volunteers.
In any case, you will not be disappointed.
The Great Buddha Hall is the main attraction at Chuang Yen Monastery. Before arriving at the Great Buddha Hall, you will be mesmerized by Bodhi Path.
The brick-paved Bodhi Path is home to a row of statues on either side and the path leads directly to the Great Buddha Hall. Each statue is set in a different pose. Strangely enough, it seems as if their eyes are welcoming you and offering you some of their wisdom.
In my opinion, this is a grand welcome to the grounds of the Monastery.
Several quiet paths lead through the property and around the Seven Jewels Lake.
Here you will find several benches and gazebos that are available for visitors to meditate and relax. This space, ultimately, was my favorite during the visit.
What makes Chuang Yen Monastery So Special:
Just look at some of the beauty I was able to capture.
You can see for yourself why Chuang Yen Monastery is so special. The scenery alone makes you feel like your thousands of miles away from the Hudson Valley.
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A Few Things to Know before Visiting Chuang Yen Monastery:
- This place/event is perfect for: Couples, friends and a mature crowd. Because visitors are often reflecting and meditating, this is not ideal for children.
- Cost: Chuang Yen Monastery is Free to visit
- Days/Hours: The Monastery is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm
- Parking: Parking is free on the premises
- Seasonal info: The Monastery is closed during the Winter, beginning 1/2 - 3/31; They open only for Chinese New Year (9 am - 5 pm)
For Additional & Updated Information,
Chuang Yen Monastery
220 Route 301, Carmel, NY