Chuang Yen Monastery

"Chuang Yen Monastery (CYM), in the Town of Kent, Putnam County, New York State, is home to the largest indoor statue of Buddha in the western hemisphere.

The name of “Chuang Yen”, means “Majestically Adorned”. Embodying that name, the pristine and beautiful grounds of CYM, laid out by the renowned architect, I.M. Pei, is inviting to the public and the ideal place to provide inspiration and cultivate awareness to develop wisdom." (

Plan a Day Visit

Monastery opens 9 am to 5 pm everyday from April 1st to Jan 1st.

Visitors are welcome to join our Saturday Dharma Study program or Sunday meditation in the Kuan Yin Hall, starts from 9 am to noon time.

Every Saturday at 1 pm, a public tour will be offered by volunteers in the Great Buddha Hall.

Lunch service for a vegetarian meal, also a contribution from volunteers, is from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Dining Hall on Saturday and Sunday.


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