Located in Putnam County, NY, Chuang Yen Monastery is one of the gems of upstate New York.
No, you do not have to practice Buddhism to visit. Chuang Yen is open to the public and does not discriminate among it’s visitors.
They do ask for peace, and that you follow the guidelines on how to approach each sanctuary upon arrival.
Here, you can take classes, courses, and learn the history of Buddhism.
Absolutely perfect for a day trip, or a stop over on your journey through upstate New York.