Spectacular temples make neat day trips. Recently we took our cameras and drove to Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel. The site is the home of the Buddhist Association of the United States and sits on 225 acres. Visitors have access to the magnificent Great Buddha Hall (pictured above), Kuan Yin Hall, the gift ship, Thousand Lotus Terrace, library, Seven Jewel Lakes, and a garden.
Saturday visitors can take a regularly-scheduled tour at 12:45 and enjoy a vegetarian lunch. An event calendar can be found online and recent happenings include interfaith prayer, Buddha’s birthday celebration, Mother’s Day garden party, Buddhist summer camp, 8 Precepts, and lots more events.
Buddhist Association of the United States: www.baus.org/en