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Mahayana Temple Buddhist Association, New York City

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Having spent several decades in building and completing the first Chinese Buddhist retreat in New York, Mrs. Ying then stopped and looked around to see what else is needed in Greater New York. She discovered that the Buddhist temples in the city are, even after these many years, still essentially all storefront temples. They are too small for any sizable functions for the parishioners. So, in honor of Mr. James Ying’s 83rd birthday, Mrs. Annie Ying then built Mahayana (City) Temple in the center of New York’s Chinatown. It was dedicated on lunar date March 3rd in 1997.

The Eastern States Buddhist Temple and the two Mahayana Temples now stands ready to serve all those who seek a better life on earth as well as a better after life.

Welcome to the Mahayana Temple at South Cairo, retreat of the Eastern States Buddhist Temple of America, Inc.

City Campus: 133 Canal Street, new York, NY 10002 Tel:(212) 925-8787

Original Temple: 64Mott Street New York, NY10013 Tel:(212)966-6229

Retreat: 710 Ira Vail Rd, Leeds, NY 12451 Tel:(518)622-3619
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  • We arrived at this temple while it was undergoing a religious function and thought they were entering another world: out of the traffic and chaos to China Town, in an environment where time seems to flow to the rhythm of the singing of the monks. Fascinating experience. Beautiful Jade Buddha statue surrounded by offerings of the faithful.
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  • A small Buddhist temple, which has not happened to see it again so I was surprised. At the entrance to the responsible will require you to be quiet and that photos are prohibited but secretly we all pull out. If you haven't seen something similar and you're in the area please take 10 minutes.
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  • We came accidentally to this wonderful Temple and find a seated gilded Buddha of about four or five metres, welcoming us. Everything in the temple is peace and balance. PIN each of its details, from the images to the smells that inspire. Total fascination.
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  • A recent walk through Chinatown left me standing in front of the largest Buddhist Temple in New York City. I've always seen this from afar but as I stood there I realized that they encouraged visitors of all walks of life. So I entered and was blown away by the 16-foot Buddha poised at the altar. The space eminated a feeling of peace and quiet that is a stark contrast to the streets of this bustling Asian neighborhood. The history and background on the construction of the temple are posted on the walls in English for visitors interested in learning more about this fascinating place.
  • It was beautiful inside but no welcoming people instead I got side eyes
  • Very beautiful but could not enter temple due to worshipers staring unpleasantly.
  • This is located at the end of Chinatown. OK place to stop in if you're interested in Buddhist culture. Not really that much to look at.
  • This place used to be a movie theater. Very nostalgic.
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