Chuang Yen Monastery

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A million miles north of Manhattan
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.

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