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      Visit to Chuang Yen Monastery with FPC Rutherford in Carmel

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      September 28, 2019

      Saturday  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

      2020 NY-301
      Carmel, New York 10512

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      Visit to Chuang Yen Monastery with FPC Rutherford

      The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford is sponsoring a trip to Chuang Yen Monastery, a Buddhist temple situated on 225 acres in Kent, Putnam County, New York. The tour will take place on on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m. The temple is home to the largest indoor statue of a Buddha (Vairocana) in the Western Hemisphere. The name "Chuang Yen" means "Majestically Adorned." The monastery is home to the Buddhist Association of the United States. Much of the temple buildings are built in the architectural style of China’s Tang Dynasty, and designed by architect Edward A Valeri RA. We will visit Kuan Yin Hall, the Thousand Lotus Memorial Terrace which overlooks a Koi pond, the Tai Hsu Hall, the Yin Kuang Hall, the Woo Ju Memorial Library and the Great Buddha Hall. The Great Buddha Hall's opening was presided over by the 14th Dalai Lama. There will be a vegetarian meal served at noon in the dining hall. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own cutlery, chopsticks, cup, and soup bowl. Our group members must be there at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. Visitors must be dressed with all limbs covered and take off shoes upon entering the temple. No food is allowed on the site. The visit will require walking and climbing stairs. Visitors must provide their own transportation to the monastery which is about an hour and a half away. The trip is open to all members of the community and is free, but registration is required by calling the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford (201) 438-3569.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Museums & Attractions | Religion & Spirituality

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