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

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Flyer Design Volunteer

We are looking for volunteer to help us design flyers for various programs and classes to post on the website and distribute to the other institutes.  Please contact (845) 225 -1819, ext 103 Sunandi for details. Online Application

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CYM Abbot Ven. Dhammadipa (Fa Yao), 2008 – May 2015

Abbot Venerable Dhammapida (Fa Yao) was born in Taiwan and grew up in Malaysia. In 1987, he received his full-ordination as a Bhikkhu monk in Sri Lanka under Ven. Prof. Dhammajoti. He received his degree in Buddhist Studies, Buddhist and Pali University and his master degree in Buddhist Philosophy at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka respectively.

In 2005, he successfully hold a at the department of Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol, U.K. His special preferences are in Abhidhamma and meditation practices, and often stress the importance of the meditation in society. He speaks Chinese, Cantonese, Hakka, English, etc., and reads many languages for his persuasion of academic like Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese, French, German, etc.

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CYM Prior Ven. Yin Xu (印旭法師), 2013 – 2015

Ven. Yinxu entered the Buddhist Monastic Order at White Horse Temple, Luoyang, Henan, China in 1994. He got his full ordination at Wuzu (Fifth Patriach) Temple, Huangmei, Hubei, China in 1995. Ven. Yinxu had studied meditation at Nanputuo Temple at Xiamen, Fujian, China before attended Jiechuang Buddhist Educational Institution. Since then, he had been the Prior of Dinghui Temple, Suzhou. He was in charge of constructing Sanfeng Temple at Sanshandao, Suzhou in 2004.


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Chuang Yen Monastery Opening Hours

Opening Date & Time:

4/1 ~ 1/1, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Closed in winter from January to March).

Opening areas:

Great Buddha Hall, Kuan Yin Hall, Dining Hall, Gift Shop, Thousand Lotus Terrace, Seven Jewel Lakes, and Garden.

Woo Ju Memorial Library (Saturday 1-5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm)

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Thousand Lotus Memorial Terrace

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Group Visiting

Tour guide is possible available for groups visiting to the Chuang Yen Monastery.

1. This service is free of charge.

2. This service is provided by volunteers of the monastery who are willing to travel long distance and sacrifice their time, in order to for groups learn more about the monastery.

3. Interested groups, you can ask for the service through the following link:   Group Tour Registration

4. Please note: Donations are welcome to the monastery. Please make the check payable to “B.A.U.S”.

5. If you have any further question, please contact Ms. Hsiu at or call (845) 225-1819, ext 103.

Chuang Yen Monastery

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Directions to Chuang Yen Monastery

From New York City: Take I-87 Major Deegan Expressway North. Take Exit 5 Route 100 (Central Avenue) North. Stay left until the second traffic light. Take Sprain Brook Parkway North which continues onto Taconic Parkway North, take the Route 301 East exit (towards Carmel). The Monastery is approximately 1.7 miles on the left side of the road. (From Bronx River Parkway: Travel North on the Bronx River Parkway which becomes the Taconic State Parkway, take the Route 301 East exit (towards Carmel). The Monastery is approximately 1.7 miles on the left side of the road.)

From New Jersey: Take Palisades Parkway North Exit 20 to Bear Mountain Bridge. Make left to Route 9D (North). Take Route 301 and turn right to East. The Monastery is approximately 10.4 miles on the left side of the road.

From Connecticut: Take I-84 West to Lake Carmel Exit 18. Turn left off of exit ramp and turn right at the light onto Route 52. Turn left at the overhead blinker onto Farmer Mills Road and follow the road to its end. Turn right at the stop sign onto Route 301. The Monastery is approximately 1.6 miles on the right side of the road.
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Visitor Note

We are pleased to know that you would like to visit the monastery.

(1)Please bring only vegetarian food products to the monastery. This means no meat, fish or eggs.
(2)There is NO smoking or drinking alcohol anywhere on the premises of the monastery.
(3)DO NOT harm or pick any flower, plant or vegetable, or feed or disturb any animal or fish on the premises.
(4)Drive slower than 15 mph once you enter the gate of the monastery. When guests drive over the speed limit on the grounds they cause harm to  small animals, especially during the springtime.
(5)Please park only at the designated parking lot.
(6)Wear proper dress. This means modest and respectful clothing.

We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any other concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you will enjoy your visit.

With Loving-Kindness,

Chuang Yen Monastery

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Lunch service and hours (Sat/Sun, noon-1 pm)

Visitors to the monastery may 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 use their weekends to come to cook and serve lunch for everyone. Everything we have at the monastery is made possible by donations from the public. Please cherish the food we serve, and take only the amount that you will actually consume. We suggest a donation of $6 per person to show gratitude.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be a Vegetarian Meal Sponsor?

Where should I park?

How can I visit by public transportation?

Is there accommodation for visitors at the monastery?

Is there a baby changing area in the monastery?

Are the refuge-taking ceremonies held in the monastery?  Upcoming…..

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Introducing Chuang Yen Monastery

Welcome to Chuang Yen Monastery. The Monastery, as the home of Buddhist Association of the United States, is situated on 225 acres of and in the Town of Kent, Putnam County, New York State. In November 1975, BAUS leased 125 acres of land in Putnam County, NY from Dr. C.T. Shen for the future development of CYM. The lease was for 99 years with an annual payment of one dollar. As suggested by the local government, Dr. Shen donated the land to BAUS in 1989. The ground-breaking ceremony for the monastery was held on May 23, 1981.

The name of the Monastery “Chuang Yen”, means “Majestically Adorned”. The “Adornment” refers to the adornment of the Buddha’s teachings. Traditionally, Buddhist Monasteries not only served as a focus for religious services and festivals, they were also community centers of learning and activities – both religious and secular. Carrying on that tradition, Chuang Yen Monastery extends and invitation to the public to vies the religious services and festivals held here, and be the place to cultivate awareness to develop wisdom.

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Are the refuge-taking ceremonies held in the monastery?


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What does it mean to be a Vegetarian Meal Sponsor?

To be a vegetarian meal sponsor is a great way to create good karmic affinity with people as well as to cultivate merit and blessings for oneself. You will have good karmic affinity with the people who visit the monastery in the future, because the donations you make will be used to buy the food prepared for them when they visit. By the same token, when we have meals at a monastery, we should be thankful and glad that we’re being treated to a nice meal. We’re sure to feel much joy too if we follow suit and pay it forward by treating others to a nice meal.

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A Glance of Chuang Yen Monastery

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How do I go by public transportation?

By Train:

From Grand Central Station to Cold Spring or Brewster, then take a taxi. The phone number for Cold Spring Taxi is 845-265-8294, and for Brewster Taxi the are 845-278-8830, 845-279-6552, 845-279-1390.

By  Car:

You can also arrange with Vanguard Int’l Travel Inc. (phone no. 718.888.1016) to bring you to CYM from Flushing, NY. From Chinatown, NY, you can contact Mr. Lin (212) 673-5186.

By Air:

For airport transportation, you can contact Mr. Lee Hai-bing at 914-498-2031.

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Is there accommodation for visitors at the monastery?

Due to the limited space we have, currently we’re only offering accommodation to our volunteers and staff. We apologize for the inconvenience. For accommodation in the surrounding area, you can check the Bed & Breakfast or Hotels information of the nearby towns of Cold Spring or Carmel.

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Is there a baby changing area?

The baby changing area is located in the restroom on the ground floor of the Great Buddha Hall. The facility provides comfort and convenience.

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Map of Chuang Yen Monastery


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Where should I park?

We have several large and small designated parking areas at the monastery. The largest parking area is located in front of the Bodhi Path. Two small parking areas are located in front of the Dining Hall and Thousand Lotus Terrace. We strongly suggest you park in the large parking area in order to save the other two small parking areas for the elderly and handicapped.

The handicapped parking space is located at in front of the Dining Hall and Thousand Lotus Terrace, and at the back of the Great Buddha Hall.

Please park only in the designated parking spaces. No parking is allowed on the lawn or other areas without special permisson.

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Great Buddha (Buddha Vairocana)

In the Mahayana doctrine of the threefold bodies of the Buddha, Vairocana is the cosmic embodiment of the historical Buddha. Of the three bodies, Vairocana is regarded as the highest form, a god of light whose reflection throughout the universe is represented as endless. His wisdom is the wisdom of the Dharmadhatu. The Dharmadhatu is the realm of truth in which all things exist as they really are. Vairocana’s wisdom is also referred to as the all-pervading wisdom of the dharmadhatu, the absolute Buddha-nature.

In paintings, Vairocana is colored in white to symbolize a pure consciousness. As the supreme Buddha, his characteristic gesture is the mudra of the six elements in which the index finger of the left hand is clasped by the five fingers of the right, symbolizing the uniting of the five elements of the material world (earth, water, fire, air and ether) with the spiritual consciousness.

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Prior Ven. Ji Chun (Sudharma), 2007-2013

Ven. Ji Chun (Sudharma), Malaysian, was Ordained as a Buddhist nun under Ven. Chuk Mor (竺摩法師) at The Buddhist Triple Wisdom Hall (三慧講堂) in Penang, Malaysia on March 1st, 1991. She received her full ordination on November 8th, 1991 in Taiwan. She had completed her Buddhist Studies from 1991 to 1996 at the Malaysian Buddhist Institute, and went to Sri Lanka for her further studies from 1997 to 2002. She became a resident nun at Chuang Yen Monastery since 2004.

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Abbots of the Chuang Yen Monastery

1984-1992 Ven. Xian Ming (顯明法師)

1992-1999 Ven. Min Kuang (明光法師)

1999-2001 Ven. Shou Yu (首愚法師)

2001-2002 Ven. Min Kuang (明光法師)

2002-2004 Ven. Ji Ru (繼如法師)

2004-2007 Ven. Jing Tong (淨通法師)

2008- 2015 Ven. Dhammadipa (法曜法師)

2016- now Ven. Hui Tsung (慧聰法師)

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Priors of the Chuang Yen Monastery

1999-2000 Ven. Jian Zhe (見哲法師)

2000-2004 Ven. Jing Tong (淨通法師)

2004 Ven. Ru Heng (如亨法師)

2005 Ven. Xing Chang (性昌法師)

2005-2007 Ven. Xing Kong (性空法師)

2007 Ven. Jian Zhe (見哲法師)

2007- 2013 Ven. Sudharma (繼淳法師)

2013 – 2015 Ven. Yin Xu (印旭法師)

2015 – Ven. Pure (證承法師)

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