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Chan Hall

The Chan Hall overlooks the rest of the campus. As our main meditation hall, the Chan Hall also serves as a multipurpose center for demonstrations, discussions, and teachings. Inside, the main meditation hall houses our large, beautiful altar and about 5000 square feet of meditation space. Cushions and chairs are provided. Hallways leading from the meditation area all look into the enclosed Zen Garden.

Zen Garden

The Zen Garden provides a tranquil inner scene in an enclosed courtyard at the Chan Hall. It can be viewed from four sides through the its floor to ceiling glass of the Chan Hall and the three hallways. The garden is maintained in a traditional style, with foliage and design considerations that compliment our Upstate climate.

Reception Hall

The First Floor of the Reception Hall contains the visitors’ Reception Area, the Administrative Offices, the Library, and the adjacent Contemplation Hall,. You will need to register in the Reception Area when you first arrive for a retreat or workshop. Free literature is available here about Dharma Drum, and small publications for study and daily reflection by Master Sheng Yen. The sitting area is available for meetings and socializing. The Library contains texts in both English & Chinese, including some key titles of Master Sheng Yen’s many publications. We are currently working on building a general collection of Buddhist works for open circulation. Until this is ready, you are welcome to sit and read in the library. The adjacent serene Contemplation Hall is an additional meditation space for individual and small group use. The Second Floor is reserved for the nuns’ quarters and visitors are respectfully asked not to go upstairs.

Dining Hall

Staffed regularly by volunteer chefs and center residents, the modern kitchen in our Dining Hall is 100% vegetarian. This upholds one of the five Buddhist precepts, to abstain from taking life. Mindfully prepared, nourishing meals are served in an inviting contemplative space. The Dining Hall is accented by wood floors and beams, exposed brick and interior and exterior fire places. With its raised stage and altar area, the Dining Hall is also used for events and lectures.

Men's & Women's Dormitories

Comfortable and basic accommodations are provided in private rooms for retreat participants and center residents. Men and women are housed in separate dormitories, each accommodating up to 40 guests, with modern bathroom facilities. These are non-smoking facilities, as is the entire center.

Sangha House

The Sangha House is an updated bungalow style home situated near the Chan Hall. It is one of the first buildings you see on the left when you enter the campus. This is the Abbot’s and monks’ quarters. Visitors are respectfully asked not to approach the Sangha House.

Indoors & Outdoors

Sitting and walking meditation as well as Dharma study are held both indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather. Paved walkways connect all of our buildings, and unpaved footpaths extend into the woods, around the lake and through the property. There are benches beside the lake. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the grounds at any time - we simply ask that you respect the flora and fauna by causing as little impact as possible.


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