Just before the beginning of the Year of the Snake and the craziness that is Fashion week, I made a trip to Chinatown to pay a visit to the Mahayana Buddhist temple.
I first came here for school with my East Asian Art and Civilization course about 2 years ago and ever since, I try to stop by whenever I’m in the neighborhood to get a fortune for fun.
The temple used to be an adult movie theatre of sorts (hard to believe), but now it stands as a place of worship housing what is believed to be the largest Buddha in the city. In this faux pagoda, complete with guardian lions, there are areas where you can for a dollar donation, get your very own rolled, rubber-banded fortune.
I would’ve taken some photos of the interior but if I remember correctly photos are not allowed to inside. You’ll just have to go and visit yourself!
I still have my first fortune from years ago. It resides in my wallet even to this day.
Most recently I did the same thing I always do: I went inside, donated a dollar and swirled my hand while making a wish to see what the year has in store for me. I was happy to see not much has changed- my probability of success is still excellent!! (Thank goodness)
And yes, it is possible to get Fair or Poor. My friend got Poor when we opened ours together on our first trip. yikes haha
With this good news and reassurance I was ready for another chance, another beginning of what is sure to be a great year, the year of the snake.
And don’t you worry, I’m still doing well with my New year’s resolutions! How about you? 😉
Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财
“Ask, believe, receive”
Mahayana buddhist temple- 133 Canal St, (between Chrystie St & Forsyth St) New York, NY 10002 Neighborhood: Chinatown