Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Travel Tip Tuesday: Chuang Yen Monastery

If you are traveling in upstate NY this summer, the Chuang Yen Monastery is a wonderful, peaceful place to pay a visit.  I can remember bringing my children there years ago to see the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere.  It was so odd to see this giant Buddha sitting out in the middle of the woods - the statue was erected, then the building went up around him.  The kids also liked watching the tutles in the pond.

On weekends you can get an inexpensive vegetarian meal there, but a visit any day of the week will leave you feeling refreshed and serene.

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