The Chuang Yen Monastery is 55 miles north of Manhattan but a million miles away from the city.
The monastery grounds contain several prayer halls, dormitories, a dining hall, a memorial area, and a library. The perfect antidote to Times Square.
The main hall contains a 37-foot statue of the Buddha Vairocana, encircled by 10,000 small statues of the Buddha on a lotus terrace.
The larger Buddha statue is said to be the largest of its kind in the West.
Visitors to the monastery can enjoy a vegetarian lunch at the Dining Hall on Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 1:00 pm.
The lunch service in the monastery is provided by volunteers who cook and serve lunch for everyone.
For more information visit: http://www.baus.org