Limited Winter Schedule

1/2/2016 ~ 3/31/2016

Limited Winter Schedule
January 02, 2016 – March 31, 2016

Chuang Yen Monastery is located in a rural area of Putnam County, New York off Route 301, between Carmel and Cold Spring. The winter weather is always cold and often icy, so the roads become too treacherous to drive on. Visitors have often had accidents, although fortunately, no one has been seriously hurt. We, at the Monastery, wish to avoid any further accidents or injuries that may occur, so we have made this decision.

We wish visitors would not come to CYM when the weather makes the roads too dangerous. If any accident occurs we cannot take responsibility for it.

However, we will be opened for Chinese New Year, Feb.19th , inclusive, vegetarian lunch will be provided only on Feb. 8th at 12noon.
Beginning Apr 1st, we will resume our normal schedule, 9:00am to 5:00pm, all week.

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2/7/2016 Chinese New Year Blessing Ceremony @ TOE

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Learning Buddhism Saturday Morning @ TOE in Bronx


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2/8/2016 Chinese New Year Blessing Ceremony


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2016 Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation Retreat


Insight through Satipatthāna -

A Retreat with Ven. Dhammajiva Thera

This residential meditation retreat will be conducted in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition with a focus on Satipatthāna, the meditation practice of the “four foundations of mindfulness.” The practice strives for continuity of mindfulness through the noting of physical and mental objects as they arise in each moment. The retreat includes sitting meditation, walking meditation, and maintaining mindfulness throughout one’s daily activities.

Instructions and guidance for all meditators will include a daily discourse by Venerable Dhammajiva Thera as well as group interviews. At the interviews each meditator will be able to discuss their meditation experiences with the teacher.

During the retreat, all meditators are expected to observe the traditional eight precepts and to practice with a high level of commitment, effort, and dedication. Starting on May 27th the daily practice begins each morning at 4:00 AM and ends at 9:00 PM each evening.

Meditators are requested to register at 5 PM and attend the orientation at 7:00 PM on May 26, 2016. 

Protocol of the Retreat

The Eight Precepts (all meditators are expected to observe the eight precepts during the retreat):

1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature
2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given
3. Chastity: refraining from any sexual activity
4. Right Speech: avoiding false, abusive or malicious speech
5. Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs
6. Renunciation: not eating after midday
7. Restraint: not wearing make-up, jewelry or immodest clothing; not playing music or musical instruments; to refrain from dancing; singing and to refrain from the use of adornments and ornaments
8. Alertness: to refrain from using high and luxurious seats and beds

Meditators are required to strictly adhere to the rules of the retreat and to practice diligently, according to the instructions given by their teacher.

Noble Silence
Meditators are asked to maintain strict “noble silence,” that is, not engaging in any talk with each other, or anyone else, unless it is really necessary during the course of the retreat.

Meditators are expected to dress conservatively and to not wear sleeveless shirts, tank tops, shorts or short skirts when resident at the retreat. Female yogis should wear long skirts or loose trousers, or dresses and blouses with sleeves. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes.

Items to bring
Please bring your own toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, razors, mirror, hair-brush and nail clippers.
Meditators may also wish to bring a watch, alarm clock, vitamin supplements as well as any prescribed medicines.

imgres1The Teacher:
Venerable Uda Eriyagama Dhammajīva Thera is a meditation master from Sri Lanka. He has taught meditation for over fifteen years and is presently the Chief Preceptor of the Nissarana Vanaya Forest Monastery located about 30 miles from Colombo. On a daily basis, he provides training in both tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassanā) meditation to about twenty monks resident at the monastery. Venerable Dhammajīva spent several years of training under Sayādaw U Panditābhivamsa, a leading Burmese meditation master who follows the lineage of the great Venerable Mahāsi Sayadaw. He is fluent in Sinhalese, English, and Burmese and has authored and translated many meditation guidebooks from Burmese to English and to Sinhalese. He is a rare teacher from the traditional lineages who is able to teach without an interpreter. As such, Ven. Dhammajiva is in great demand as a teacher par excellence and conducts retreats worldwide.

Chuang Yen Monastery
is situated on 225 acres of land in the Town of Kent, Putnam County, New York State. The name of the monastery, “Chuang Yen,” means “Majestically Adorned.” The “Adornment” refers to the adornment of the Buddha’s teachings.

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In order to properly arrange your stay, please kindly submit your application as early as possible, the application deadline is 5/20/2016.  Application after the deadline add extra difficulties and stress to lodging and meal preparation, please be mindful and considerate for people who is helping your practice.

莊嚴寺 Chuang Yen Monastery, 2020 Route 301,Carmel, NY 10512 (845) 225 – 1819,, register online

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1/1/2016 Interfaith Prayer for World Peace

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12/19 – 12/26/2015 7-Day Amitabha Pure Land Retreat


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Chuang Yen Monastery has invited Pure Land Master Ven. Tsung Tzu (從慈法師) to conduct the seven day Pure Land Retreat that will take place December 19 through December 26 of this year. Ven. Tsung Tzu was ordained in 1980. He has a deep understanding of several schools of Buddhism which he studied in Taiwan under various masters. He has been teaching in Buddhist institutes from 1988. Ven. Tsung Tzu studied in the State University of California before ordaining. Now he focuses on the understanding and practice of Pure Land Buddhism, preaching Dharma, and giving lectures on Buddhist moral conduct, and English language Buddhist terminology.

During this retreat, Ven. Tsung Tzu will lead participants in recollecting Buddha’s name in order to illuminate our deluded and attached minds and to stabilize and center our body and mind.

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2016 Temple of Enlightenment Calendar

2/13/2016 (Sat)
Chinese Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony 10:00am 新春祈福法會

3/26/2016 (Sat)
Kuan-Yin Bodhisattva’s Birthday Ceremony 10:00am 觀音菩薩聖誕紀念法會

4/9/2016 (Sat)
QinMing Ceremony 10:00am 清明法會

Buddha Day Ceremony 10:00am 浴佛法會

6/24-6/26/2016 (Fri to Sun)
Mindfulness of Breathing 安般念靜心觀

7/23/2016 (Sat)
Kuan-Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Ceremony 10:00am to 12:00pm 觀音菩薩成道紀念法會

8/13/2016 (Sat)
The Ullambana Ceremony 10:00am to 12:00pm 盂蘭盆供佛齋僧法會

10/15/2016 (Sat)
Kuan-Yin Bodhisattva’s Renunciation Ceremony 10:00am to 12:00pm 觀音菩薩出家紀念法會

12/16-12/18/2016 (Fri to Sun)
Mindfulness of Breathing 安般念靜心觀


Regular Gatherings:

• Tuesday Evening Mediation: Every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm 禪修班: 每星期二晚上七點至八點三十分

• Monday Evening Kung Fu: Every Monday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm 功夫班: 每星期一晚上六點至八點

• Learning Buddhism Class, Every Saturday Morning from 10 a.m.-11:30 am 讀經班:每星期六早上十點至十一點半


Temple of enlightenment
3070 Albany Crescent, Bronx, NY 10463
Tel:(718) 884-9111
Fax: (718)884-7894

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2016 Chuang Yen Monastery Calendar

1/1/2016 (Friday),
Interfaith Prayer 10:00am to 12:00pm 各宗教聯合祈禱世界和平法會

2/8/2016 (Monday),
Chinese Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony 10:00am to 4:00pm 新春祈福法會

4/3/2016 (Sunday),
Qin Ming Ceremony 9:00am to 5:00pm 清明法會, 啟建三時繫念淨業道場 Three O’Clock Jinian Ceremony

5/1/2016 (Sunday),
Spring Ritual For The Deceased 1:30pm to 4:00pm  春季祭祀安靈法會

5/8/2016 (Sunday),
Buddha’s Birthday, and Mother’s Day Garden Party 10:00am to 3:00pm

5/26-6/5/2016 (Thursday – Sunday),
10-Day Insight Mediation – Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation Retreat  內觀十日禪

6/12/2016 (Sunday),
BAUS Annual General Meeting (BAUS Member Only)  美國佛教會年度會員大會

6/30-7/4/2016 (Thursday – Monday),
Buddhist Summer Camp  佛學夏令營

7/17/2015 (Sunday),
Kuan-Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Ceremony 10:00am to 12:00pm  觀音菩薩成道紀念法會

8/4-8/7/2016 (Thursday – Sunday)
Origin-Point Therapy Work shop  原始點療法講習

The Ullambana Ceremony 10:00am to 12:00pm  盂蘭盆供佛齋僧法會

9/2-9/5/2015 (Friday – Monday),
Abhidhamma Study Retreat  阿毗達摩研討會

9/10-9/17/2016 (Tuesday – Sunday),
Emperor Liang Repentance Service 梁皇寶懺法會

10/2/2016 (Sunday),
Fall Ritual For The Deceased 1:30pm to 4:00pm  秋季祭祀安靈法會

10/7 – 10/14/2016 (Friday – Friday)
Practice from Samādhi (Concentration) to Vipassana (Insight) Meditation 止觀禪七-從奢摩他到毗婆舍那之訓練

10/16/2016 (Sunday),
Kuan-Yin Bodhisattva’s Renunciation Ceremony 10:00am to 12:00pm  觀音菩薩出家紀念法會

11/4-11/6/2016 (Friday – Sunday),
Giving 8 Precepts 八關齋戒

11/19-11/26/2016 (Saturday – Saturday),
Patriarch Zen – Zen School of Buddhism  中國-祖師禪修

12/23-12/30/2016 (Friday – Friday),
7-Day Amitabha Pure Land Retreat 佛七

• The monastery opens from 9:00am to 5:00pm except during the period of winter closing 1/2 to 3/31. 寺院開放時間9:00am-5:00pm,1/2至3/31封山不對外開放。

• The monastery opens on 2/7 Chinese New Year Eve & 2/8 Chinese New Year Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm and lunch will be served to the public. 農曆新年除夕和初一2/7, 2/8 9:00am-5:00pm開放給信眾參訪,供應午齋。

• From April 1st to December 31st, we will be open from 9 am to 5 pm daily.  Meditation and Dharma talks will be given on Saturdays and Sundays, Kung Fu Class.  For detailed information, please visit our  週六、週日舉辦不定期的佛法講座及靜坐、功夫課程,請參考佈告欄或查詢本會網站。

• The summer camp counselor s’ training will be on June 18th & 19th, June 25th & 26th.

• The monastery preserves the rights to make any changes on the programs, please check the posters published on our website. 莊嚴寺保留更改的權力,所有活動日期以本寺網站公告之海報為準

Chuang Yen Monastery
2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512
Tel: (845)228-4288 Fax: (845)228-4283 Email:

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Sunday Morning Program @ Chuang Yen Monastery


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11/22/2015 (Sun) 1:30 – 4 pm Ven. Suddhaso “Daily Application of the Four Noble Truths”

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2015 “A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras” Book Study Schedule


The Sutra of Assembled Treasures(Sutra 43, page 387)

Schedule Nov 15, 10:30~12:00am @Hsu-yun Memorial Hall(Mr. Bruce Kou) Nov 29, 10:30~12:00am @Woo Ju Library – Ground Floor Conference Room (Mr. Henry Chang) Dec 13, 10:30~12:00am @Woo Ju Library (Henry, Bruce, Simon & Wayne)
Themes The Bodhisattava best practices in deeds On Emptiness (the doctrine of non-substaintial nature) Combining deeds and emptiness
Pages page 387 to page 394, paragraph 6 page 394 paragraph 7- page 398 paragraph 9 page 399 paragraph 4 – page 406

Book is available, interested friends; please contact (845) 225 – 1819,

Chuang Yen Monastery, 2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512

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11/25-11/29/2015 5-Day Four Sublime Abiding Meditation Retreat

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10/11/2015 “Loving-Kindness (Metta for all) 1-Day workshop” @ Woo Ju Library

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Prior Ven. Pure, 2015 -

She was born in Taiwan, city of Kee-Lung and became the nun in Sun-she Grand-View Temple in 1985.
Studied in Ching-Chueh Buddhist College from 1986 to 1989.
Was learning the process of academic and administrative work in Buddhist college between 1990 and 1996.
Studied Lotus Sutra from Ven. Sheng-Ming in NY CYM in 1997.
Has become formal resident sangha in Chunag Yen Monastery since April 1998 till now.

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Rare Buddhist Text donate to the BAUS


On Sunday August 23rd, 2015, the World Fotu Foundation, on behalf of Yunju (Cloud-dwelling) Buddhist Temple, Beijing, China, is offering the sacred text of “FangShan Stone Tripitaka Sutra” to Woo Ju Memorial Library. Richard Ke, PhD., who will be presenting the thirty-volume set, says “We admired Dr. C.T. Shen’s contribution to Buddhism very much. We hope to donate this set to memorialize and pay tribute to his effort, as well his work for Woo Ju Library. We only chose the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) and United Nations to donate this set of canon in America, during this trip from China.”

Yunju Temple is one of the most revered sanctuaries of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is well-known because of its extensive stone-engravings. This priceless treasure of humanity has lasted a thousand years, and is sure to benefit future generations. It is a mark of perseverance and quiet dedication of the human spirit.

In 605 A.D., the sutras began to be engraved by the monk Jing Wan. Wan had a vision to preserve Buddhist text from destruction, he determined that the Buddhist text should be carved into stone. He was in Beijing Fangshan (the current site of Yunju Temple). After Jing Wan’s death, his students carried forward the work, from generation to generation, and went through Tang, Song, Liao, Jin, Yuan, and Ming dynasties, lasting a thousand years. Some 1122 books and 3,572 volumes of Buddhist sutras were inscribed on 14,278 stone tablets! Those tablets were originally hidden in the nine grottoes in the Shijing Mountain.

Other than the United Nations, this gift is only available at the Buddhist Association of the United States, Carmel, New York. The texts will be on view in Woo Ju Memorial Library, in addition to the complete Pali Canons, and the Mahayana Tripitaka. Woo Ju Library opens on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. It provides great loaned Buddhism reading & audio-video material. Material can be borrowed for three weeks. Feel free to talk to the librarian for recommendations of Buddhist material.

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9/4 – 9/7/2015 (Fri. – Mon.) Abhidhamma Study Retreat

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The Ullambana Ceremony 8/23 @ CYM, 8/29 @TOE

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5/16 – 5/24/2015 8-Day Four Sublime Abiding Meditation Retreat

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7/1 (Wed) – 7/5/2015 (Sun) Buddhist Summer Camp

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Saturday Tour @ Chaung Yen Monastery (12:45 pm)

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2015 Fall Chinese School

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Attention: Library New Circulation Policy

Dear Library Patron, Start from April 1, 2015, Library new circulation policy:

1. $25 donation or more is suggested for obtaining a library card
2. The new member can take out 1 item for the first time.
3. Loan period: Books & MusicCDs: 3 weeks with a 3-week renewal; DVDs, Audiobooks, New Books & Magazine: 2 weeks with a 1-week renewal; Popular Books & New DVDs: 1 week with NO RENEWAL
4. Fines: Books, Music CDs & Magazines: $.10 per day – $5.00 maximum; DVDs: $1.00 per day – $10.00 maximum.
5. Special condition: for item value over $60. Patron will need to make deposit of 25% of the item value. Deposit will be return to patron after the item been returned.
Woo Ju Library Committee

1. 圖書証建議申請年費$25美元或以上
2. 新讀者第一次可以借出一份圖書資料
3. 借閱期限: 書籍、音樂CD: 3 星期可更新一次;DVD、有聲書、新書、雜誌: 2星期可更新一次1星期;熱門書、新DVD: 1星期不可更新
4. 罰鍰: 書籍、音樂CD、雜誌 – 一天 $.10最高累積$5.00;DVDs -一天 $1.00最高累積$10.00
5. 特殊限制: 借閱圖資價值超過$60 美元以上,讀者須暫付圖資價值25%的押金。待書籍歸還時,即退回押金。


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5/10 Buddha Day Ceremony & Mother’s Day Garden Party @ CYM

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Emperor Liang Repentance Service(4/21 – 4/26 2015)

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