The Jivaka Project is named after the Buddha's doctor, Jīvaka, a revered figure from Buddhist scripture. Our project explores the role of Buddhist institutions, practices, and cultural orientations in the health landscape of Greater Philadelphia. We seek to bring more diverse voices into the contemporary conversation about Buddhism and wellbeing. We hope this site will be a useful resource and conversation-starter for teaching and research projects related to American Buddhism, religious pluralism, and the intersections between religion and healthcare in the contemporary U.S. We invite you to begin by exploring one of the themes below, or jump straight to the Location Finder.

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