August 15, 2011

Ukiah: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas; things to do

4951 Bodhi Way, 4 mi. SE of town, across 101, (707) 462-0939. Daily 8-6.

One of the first Buddhist temples and monasteries built in the U.S., the 448-acre City of Ten Thousand Buddhas operates on the grounds of a former state mental hospital. After passing through the ornate gate onto the property, stop at the office for a map and visiting rules. Monks and nuns are spotted walking and riding bikes, and peacocks roam freely. The temple (in the former gymnasium) has walls lined with perhaps 10,000 golden Buddha figurines in various sizes, and good-timing presents the opportunity to witness chanting. The property also houses a K-12 school and a university. A gift shop sells Buddhist souvenirs, including newly made carved-stone amulets.

interior of Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant in Ukiah, California

Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant  

(707) 468-7966. L W-M (12-3); $. Cash only. Reservations taken.
Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant operates in one simple room with round tables. Decoration is limited to sporadic touches of lace. The name translates as "to your health," and the kitchen serves an Asian-style vegetarian/vegan lunch. Dishes are prepared without MSG, onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, shallots, or egg, but they do use hot red peppers and warn that the food is spicy but not hot. Recommended items include broccoli with cashews, mushrooms with greens, eggplant with basil, veggie noodles, veggie fried rice, curry noodle soup, mushroom and tomato soup, and sweet and sour tofu. Servers sometimes speak little English. When the restaurant gets crowded, diners are doubled-up at one table. Frozen food is available to go.

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video and image ©2011 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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