tin howBay seniors looking for a break from all the nativity festivities might want to visit Tin How, the oldest Buddhist temple in the US at 125 Waverly Place in Chinatown. Built in 1852 by immigrants who had arrived safely here from Asia it was dedicated to Mazu the patron goddess of sailors. You’ll find it up the stairs squeezed into the building’s third floor. There is a massive gold leaf ceiling and a shrine of the goddess surrounded by hundreds of red and gold lanterns. The room is very quiet and aromatic with incense, usually with a handful of worshippers shaking cups of joss sticks. Open daily from 10-4. Free though small donations are accepted. No photos allowed. For a more intense exploration of Chinese Buddism go around the corner to the Gold Mountain Monastery at Grant and Sacramento.

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