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Mahayana Temple Buddhist Association, New York City
(3.2/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The visit is free to visitors and in silence. Expresses the characteristics of culture and beliefs in Buddhism. The locals come in and make their offerings, paying no attention to the visitors.
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  • Visit a Buddhist temple is not a usual thing for a European. If you go to China Town let us jump. The Interior is really interesting.
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  • It's nothing too spectacular, but if you are passing through Chinatown, stop by there and see what it's like to get to know.
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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.
  • Interesting visit if you're in the area. Entry is free but donations are suggested. No pictures allowed inside.
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful but could not enter temple due to worshipers staring unpleasantly.
  • It was beautiful inside but no welcoming people instead I got side eyes