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It was a warm day on Sunday, 9/16/18 as my wife and 2 daughters joined me in hiking to the 915 foot... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
5inavan
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South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Peaceful

Beautiful views, a nice, relaxing area to center one's self. Make sure you pack a picnic lunch and... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
WranglerJenn
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Beautiful views, a nice, relaxing area to center one's self. Make sure you pack a picnic lunch and blanket to really enjoy your time there.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We have been experiencing the peaceful nature of this beautiful place over many years. When 9/11 happened I came here to cry, pray and find solace. Over several years we saw the temple next door being built by devoted people, mostly by hand. The Japanese gardens with strands of prayer flags hanging in every direction are lovely to walk through or find a spot to stand or sit at the edge of a pond and just gaze at or meditate. Coming here is to be quiet and appreciate the unique surroundings created by Buddhist Monks and nuns. There is fairly long uphill walk to get here, another route is available if handicapped.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We arrived shortly after 4pm on a Sunday in early September and parked in the lower lot. The lower building was closed but access to the property is from dawn to dusk. A statue depiction of the Buddha and his mother at birth along with a short history sits near the parking lot. Elders and people with handicaps can drive up to the stupa (white dome) and meditation center. It is a 5-10 minute walk up an uneven, steep at times, dirt road. In the woods and along the side of the road are an assortment of rock towers or cairns which others have built.

At the top, one is drawn to the stupa. It has just recently been freshly painted. This has statues imbedded into four sides and is accessed by two sets of stairs. You can walk around the building and observe these from one of two levels. We tried walking around the stupa at ground level but the brush has grown up in the back, making it difficult.

Farther into the property is a pond with lilies, pads, a stone bridge and strands of prayer flags. There are a few benches to stop and rest, contemplate or immerse your self in the scenery. The main lawn is large and well maintained, the rock garden is beautiful yet could use a bit of maintenance. There are several paths going a short way into the woods to more stone cairns.

We heard drums as we were walking in the woods so decided to investigate. The sound was coming from the temple and we saw people exiting. Upon entering, you take off your shoes and step up onto a carpeted area where small hand-held drums and fabric squares with the chant printed on it sit as place markers. A monk or nun drums the chant rhythm on a huge drum and leads the chanting. It appears all are welcome! We did not stay for the full chant which, I think, is 1.5 hours. I could have stayed for much longer than we did but we were meeting a friend. The temple is very ornate with a lot of gold statues. The meditations happen at a specific time each day so it is best to give them a call if you would like to attend. (I couldn't find the time on their website or FB page but I think it was 5-6:30pm on the day we visited.)

I will be bringing friends here for an outside afternoon activity.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

We loved the drive up to this pagoda. There were folks sitting in one area of the gardens talking with one another; the prayer flags are waving hello when you arrive; the pagoda is gigantic and beautiful to walk around; the meditation hall is peaceful and comforting; the gardens are nice with areas to picnic or sit and just be.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

The first peace pagoda in the United States is definitely worth the short 5 minute walk uphill from the parking area. (Elderly and handicapped are allowed to drive up.) Situated in a serenely beautiful setting, with peace garden and pond and many meditation areas. A wonderful visit for a Summer or Fall day.

Date of experience: July 2017
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