Mahayana Buddhist Temple, New York City

#45 of 118 in Historic Sites in New York City
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Beautiful temple! Gorgeous inside and very peaceful serene place. Not much to do here but pray and meditate. There is a shop inside too.  more »
  • While walking around Chinatown we looked up neighborhood highlights and found the Mahayana Buddhist Temple. It is easy to find on Canal Street at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. There is a sign...  more »
  • I love Asian culture, so this for me was a travel without getting an airplane. A peaceful place.
  • It's very awe inspiring. I was afraid to take pictures but you could feel the calm and tranquility of this place.

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