About the Monastery
The Triple Crane Monastery, as a branch of Da Huayen Monastery in Taiwan, is located in Chelsea, Michigan, USA.
Formerly a Church, the Monastery was acquired in 2011 through generous donations from faithful Huayen students in Chicago, Toronto and Ann Arbor. The Monastery held its opening ceremony in July 2012, and officially became the Da Huayen Monastery’s first center in North America for preaching Buddha’s teaching on truth, life and practice.
The Monastery’s mission is to deliver the truths of the Buddha’s teachings, to establish American Buddhism, and to help guide society into a new era of cultural growth, social happiness and harmony.
The Origin of the Monastery Name
Cranes are considered highly spiritual animals across many cultures and religions. In Oriental cultures, they are often considered an auspicious sign and bringers of good tidings.
Each year the Sandhill Cranes, one of the large crane species of North America, migrates south passing through Chelsea in late October. The Chelsea community holds various festivals and activities for the public to view the cranes gathering. It is said that the numbers of cranes that can be spotted within two hours range from 5,000 to 6,000 around that time of the year. It is definitely a gift from mother-nature that is not to be missed!
But why is the Monastery named Tripe Crane Monastery?
Master Haiyun Jimeng has described the cranes’ presence since the establishment of the Monastery as an auspicious sign; a metaphorical flame lighting the promise for the flourishment of Buddhism in the Western world.
We are located in Chelsea, Michigan, a city spanning approximately 3.68 square miles with a population of about 5,000 people. Located in the south eastern Michigan, the city of Chelsea is about 45 minutes from a major airport and 25 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor. A quintessential small town dating back to the early 18th Century, Chelsea is perhaps most noted for being the base of Chelsea Milling, maker of Jiffy Mix.
A peaceful and safe community, the city hosts various community events and arts activities throughout the year. Chelsea is also the gateway to the beautiful 25,000 acre Waterloo Recreation Area, where you can experience the beauty of Michigan’s unique wilderness, wildlife and geological wonders in this protected area. A perfect place for nature enthusiasts to enjoy various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, paddling, and swimming, or experience the spectacle of the migrating sandhill cranes.