Visiting the City of 10,000 Buddhas



DAY VISIT:

NO entry fee for day visits

Campus: Open every day, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Restaurant: Monday & Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed
Book & Gift Store Opening Hours: Fridays & Sundays: 2:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

OVERNIGHT VISIT:

Attending Dharma Sessions

Please note that CTTB is unable to house visitors overnight except for Dharma Sessions, special events, and volunteering.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR YOUR VISIT

Monastic life is different from daily life. To help you prepare for your visit, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines below. They are meant to help practitioners and visitors maintain a peaceful, harmonious, and safe environment conducive to spiritual practice.


Separation of Men and Women

Usually the first thing people notice when they visit is that men and women are separated. The reason for this separation is to allow everyone to focus on the practice with fewer distractions.

To foster a culture of self-cultivation, we refrain from visiting the residence halls of the opposite gender. We do not engage in public displays of affection or bring inappropriate music, images, or media to campus. In addition, we abstain from promiscuous behavior and sexual activity on campus.

Cherishing All Forms of Life

Please refrain from killing any living creatures in the monastery, including small insects such as spiders, ants, flies, mosquitoes, etc. In Buddhism, all life forms are interconnected, and all creatures are considered “family.” With this in mind, CTTB residents and community members practice non-harming in order to cultivate a heart of compassion and empathy for others.

Vegetarianism

In line with our philosophy of non-harming, all food at CTTB is Mahayana vegetarian (no meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, onions, garlic, chives, shallots, leeks) and for those who choose, vegan as well.

Things Not to Bring

Please do not bring perfume or heavily scented products, alcohol, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, illicit drugs, cigarettes, firearms, weapons, fireworks or other flammable materials to the monastery.

Weather

The temperature can fluctuate up to 40 degrees in the course of a day, so bring warm clothing for the mornings and evenings and some light clothing [no shorts please] for the afternoon. Winters are generally cold and wet, while summers are often hot and dry (up to 100 degrees in the afternoon, yet cool at night).

Comfortable and Modest Clothing

Clothing in the monastery should be comfortable and modest. Comfortable clothing is ideal for meditation and cultivation because it allows one to easily bow and sit cross-legged (jeans are not ideal).

Modest clothing is important because it causes fewer distractions for others. Loose-fitting clothes are best. As a visitor, please refrain from wearing clothing such as mini-skirts, shorts, tights, leggings, yoga pants and sleeveless shirts or flip-flops. Sandals or sneakers are okay.

Note: CTTB only accepts cash or checks if you wish to purchase anything from our bookstore or restaurant. There are no ATM machines on campus.

No pets (except registered service animals) are allowed in dormitories or anywhere on campus grounds.

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