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City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Ukiah

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4.4/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
The City Of Ten Thousand Buddhas is an international Buddhist community and monastery founded by Hsuan Hua, an important figure in Western Buddhism. It is one of the first Chinese Zen Buddhist temples in the United States, and one of the largest Buddhist communities in the Western Hemisphere.The city is situated in Talmage, Mendocino County, California about 2mi east of Ukiah, and 110 miles (180 km) north of San Francisco. It was one of the first Buddhist monasteries built in the United States. The temple follows the Guiyang Ch'an School, one of the five houses of classical Chinese Ch'an. The city is noted for their close adherence to the vinaya, the austere traditional Buddhist monastic code.HistoryThe Dharma Realm Buddhist Association purchased the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas site in 1974 and established an international center there by 1976.Originally the site housed the Mendocino State Hospital founded in 1889. There were over seventy large buildings, over two thousand rooms of various sizes, three gymnasiums, a fire station, a swimming pool, a refuse incinerator, fire hydrants, and various other facilities. A paved road wound its way through the complex, lined with tall street lamps and trees over a hundred years old. The connections for electricity and pipes for water, heating, and air conditioning were all underground. Both the architectural design and the materials used for the buildings were state of the art. The heating and air conditioning were centrally controlled.
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  • The Nuns are so nice BUT caution, the Buddhist do NOT kill any of th roaches in the kitchen. It is against their religion, sorry to spill the beans. Love the peacocks! 
  • When I was about 8-10 years old, a family friend had invited us to this temple because she had joined the order. I remember going into a very large hall and eating very good food. Later, I found out t...  read more »
  • First you park near the administration building. Then you go inside to sign in as a visitor. Feeling welcomed, take a walk around the village. Lots of deteriorated structures and evidence of rebuildin...  read more »
  • A beacon of light for living beings suffering in the temporary residence we call 'me'. The grounds are great, the restaurant REALLY good and all vegetarian, there are nice displays and a big gift store, as well as elementary, secondary, and university education facilities. And everybody is very calm and nice. But what really is impressive is the immense spiritual work done to build and sustain it and its sister monasteries worldwide welcoming for those who are looking for a different way of living life, a very lofty cosmology, and living examples of people who have transcended the usual worldly concerns. The sincerity of the underlying Dharma Realm Buddhist Association is a wonderful thing...rare in a world of "Me , first!" So enjoy a short visit or begin a compelling spiritual journey at one of the many recitation or meditation sessions or volunteer programs where outsiders who are willing to observe some simple rules to respect the rule of monastic life the monks and nuns must follow.
  • The house of ten thousand Buddhas an old abandoned hospital that was purchased in the seventies and has been incredibly transformed into a school to teach one lineage of Buddhism. The staff I met was cheerful helpful laughing and working hard to make the facility even nicer to accommodate the people that are here as they continue their practice on a day to day basis. The small museum in the administration building is interesting if you want to know any of the history of this lineage, otherwise it will be some artifacts and just old things. The grounds are spacious. The roads and walkways are wide with plenty of room to stroll.As you enter you are greeted by a huge Chinese gatethat you drive beneath on your way to the first facility. T The Hall of ten thousand Buddhas is quite a vortex of energy. To sit and meditate there, well it's quite powerful. There are gold Buddhas adorning wall row after row after row after row after row. Impressive as you sat and absorb this energy, people come in pay their respects, bow and pray move on about their day. It is a very impressive room and not to be missed. For me it was an overwhelming experience to consider all the good work that has gone on at this facility the energy was very powerful all I can say is triple wow! The good vibrations lasted long after my departure from this energy vortex.
  • I found my spiritual home at CTTB after years of searching.
  • Very calming
  • it is absolutely gorgeous! everyone should take a visit!
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