The Jivaka Project

Our project is named after the Buddha's doctor, Jīvaka, a revered figure from Buddhist scripture (see details). It explores the role of Buddhist institutions, practices, and cultural orientations in the health landscape of Greater Philadelphia. The main argument of the project is that Buddhism plays an important—though often unappreciated—role in the city’s healthcare landscape, especially for Asian immigrants and refugees. We hope this site will bring more diverse voices into the contemporary conversation about Buddhism and wellbeing. We intend it to be a useful resource and conversation-starter for teaching and research projects related to American Buddhism, religious pluralism more generally, and the intersections between religion and healthcare. We invite you to begin to explore these intersections by visiting one of the six themes below, looking up a specific location in the Location Finder, or accessing some of the articles about the project.