Guangming Temple 光明寺

146 Baxter Street
New York, NY 10013

I’m not too surprised to find this temple in Chinatown but their size is pretty big: four stores above the ground, plus a basement. The front door is at 214 Center Street.

The ground/street floor is for worshiping, with two separate rooms. Upper floors have offices, library and guest rooms.


This lady is 90 years old who helps out in the kitchen in basement. On the first and 15th of each month on lunar calendar, they service free lunch, like the soup kitchen kids all worked at when they were young. The veggie dishes they cooked are really delicious. I helped out for two hours. Of course, some would take advantage by having more than one meals. The staff seem to know who they are. When an elderly woman who’s hunched severely has two tickets, they ask her to give up one for others.


The dish on the left is chopped stems from the dried shiitake mushrooms, just saute it with oil and salt – very yummy.





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