Largest Buddha Statue In The Western Hemisphere Is In Carmel

Largest Buddha Statue In The Western Hemisphere Is In Carmel

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The Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel is  home to The Buddhist Association of the United States. Situated on  225 beautiful, serene acres, it features the largest Buddha statue inthe Western Hemisphere. The Great Buddha Hall, designed by notable  architect I.M. Pei to reflect T'ang Dynasty style, was actually built around the statue.

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The 37 foot high statue of Buddha on  lotus leaves, which took 2 years to construct, is surrounded by  10,000 miniature Buddha statues. My photos are just a small example  of all the extraordinary art and beauty to be found there. Be sure to bring a camera!

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Meditation retreats and regular  services, lectures and special events are held. The Dalai Lama has  visited the site, and there was a show of rare Buddhist reliquaries  many years ago, for which I served as an usher. (I also sponsored a  public access tv program for them for some time, and used to attend T'ai Chi classes there.)

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Guided tours are offered on Saturdays  at 12:45, and there are superb vegetarian lunches on weekends from12-1pm for a very nominal suggested donation. The complex is closed  from January through March.

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Getting there:

Chuang Yen Monastery

2020 Route 301

is just over a mile east of the TaconicParkway's Route 301 exit. Coming from the parkway, it's on the north (left) side of the road.

(845) 225-1819

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Getting there is really a pleasure. The  entire area is gorgeous. Route 301 links Cold Spring on the  western end (Hudson River) to Carmel, the county seat of Putnam  county. After your visit, take a look around.

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And  if  you find that you REALLY LOVE Putnam County

(or  Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland or Ulster)

just  give me a call or drop me an email & we'll find you a new home  there!



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Want to see a video slideshow with LOTS of photos I took at Chuang Yen? Click below!

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Dated: May 21st 2015
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About Cristina: Cristina Gameiro, a full-service New York State salesperson (ABR) specializing in Westchester and Pu...

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