Foshou temple in Philadelphia Chinatown

The past few years have witnessed the meteoric rise of the “Mindfulness Revolution” in mainstream popular media, and the enthusiasm for the study of the health benefits of meditation in American scientific circles is steadily increasing. While growing in size and sophistication, the scholarship focusing on mindfulness has tended to overlook the fact that there are many connections between Buddhism and wellbeing that go far beyond mindfulness — indeed far beyond meditation — both historically and today. This website seeks to catalogue the diversity of the contemporary multiethnic and multicultural ecosystem of Buddhist healing. It demonstrates the rich spectrum of therapeutic repertoires and resources that Buddhism continues to make available to its devotees today—beyond the headlines and social media buzzwords associated with mindfulness. It also illustrates the impact of Buddhism — its doctrines, practices, and cultural orientations — on the contemporary healthcare landscape.