Chuang Yen Monastery (New York): Home to the largest indoor statue of a Buddha (Vairocana) in the United States

16-02-2021

(WorldKings.org) The tallest structure in the Chuang Yen Monastery, the Great Buddha Hall, houses the largest indoor statue of a Buddha in the Western Hemisphere.

Chuang Yen Monastery is a Buddhist temple situated on 225 acres (91 ha) in Kent, Putnam County, New York, in the United States. The temple is home to the largest indoor statue of a Buddha (Vairocana) in the Western Hemisphere.The name "Chuang Yen" means "Majestically Adorned".

 

 

In November 1975, the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) leased 125 acres of land in Putnam County from Dr. C.T. Shen (one of the co-founders of BAUS and late Vice President of BAUS) for the development of Chuang Yen Monastery. According to the temple, the lease was for ninety-nine years with an annual payment of one dollar. As suggested by the local government, Dr. Shen donated the land to BAUS in 1989.

 

 

Much of the temple buildings are built in the architectural style of China’s Tang Dynasty, and was designed by architect Edward A Valeri RA. On May 23, 1981, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the first building, the Kuan Yin Hall. The other buildings that make up the monastery were added over the years: the Dining Hall, the Thousand Lotus Memorial Terrace, 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.

 

 

Inside the Great Buddha Hall at the Chuang Yen Monastery sits the 37-foot tall statue of the Buddha Vairocana. This figure is encircled by 10,000 smaller Buddha statuettes arranged on a lotus terrace semi-circle -- a miniature spiritual stadium.

The imposing statue is part of an active temple in the monastery, so they appreciate respect and quiet. Visitors remove their shoes before entering the hall. It is an extremely impressive sight to behold, especially in the woody hills of New York State.

According to roadsideamerica.com and en.wikipedia


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