Buddhist Monastery to Celebrate New Year

Chuang Yen ceremony on Feb. 8 open to public

The Chuang Yen Monastery on Route 301 in Kent has invited the public to attend its annual Chinese New Year Blessing ceremonies on Monday, Feb. 8.

The day begins at 5 a.m. with a ceremony to greet the New Year, followed by a morning service at 5:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. there will be Dharma talks, offering lights and a blessing by the Abbot. At 1:30 p.m. the monastery’s clergy will lead the chanting of the Great Bright Mantra and tie Auspiousness Blessing Threads to all participants. Finally, at 5 p.m., the monastery will close for the day with an evening bell and drum.

The monastery is also looking for volunteers to assist with traffic control, meal preparation and clean-up. Visit baus.org for more information. Chuang Yen Monastery is located on a 225-acre campus at 2020 Route 301. For more information, call 845-225-1819.

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