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Resources

Chapel House contains thoughtful and inspiring books, music, and art representing the world’s great religions. These resources are available to walk-in visitors as well as resident guests.
Artwork of religious significance in the Chapel House music room

The chapel at Chapel House

Chapel

While our chapel was designed mainly for silent use by individuals, interested groups may reserve it for purposes such as meditation classes, religious holiday observances, weddings, and memorial services. A curtain allows the chapel's cross to be hidden or revealed according to the preference of those present. LEARN MORE

Chapel House Library

Library

The Chapel House library contains over five thousand volumes dedicated to the sacred writings, commentaries, literature, and art of these traditions and others:
  • Buddhist
  • Christian
  • Confucian
  • Hindu
  • Islamic
  • Jain
  • Jewish
  • Native American
  • Parsee
  • Shinto
  • Sikh
  • Taoist
This is not a circulating library, but visitors may use books while on the premises.

Glass-walled area with plants and flowers that constitutes the Link

The Link

The Link is a glass-walled corridor that connects the main house with the chapel. Adorned with plants throughout the year as well as comfortable seating, the Link is a pleasant space for observation and reflection.

The serenity of the space matches the sentiment in a work of poetry now on display in the Link.

Click to read the poem
Silently a flower blooms
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
the whole of the flower, the whole of the world
is blooming
This is the talk of the flower, the truth of
the blossom;
The glory of eternal life is shining here.

— Abbot Zenkei Shibayama Roshi, Nanzenji Monastery, Kyoto

Seats in the music room, adjacent to a piece of religious artwork

Music Room and Collection

The music room contains thousands of recordings of religious music, from ancient to modern. The listener may experience superlative works expressing the cultures and deepest beliefs of many traditions.

Anyone may explore the collection and request instruction in the use of our audio equipment.