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Chua Linh Quang

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Basic information
821 PA-563, Telford, PA 18969, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Mahayana
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Vietnamese
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Vietnam
Best time to visit:

Sun. 10am–3:30pm. Special events on Sundays closest to the full moon, according to Sino-Vietnamese calendar.

Date last visited: December 16, 2015
Currently active?: As of the last time it was visited by our research team, this location was open.
Other Basic Information:

Property acquired in 1996. Eight nuns in residence (no monks).

Local setting, neighborhood, demographics

Exurban Philadelphia.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

The nuns at the temple provide to sick members medicinal herbs bought from Vietnam or grown on location. If someone is very sick or about to die, the nuns go to the home or hospital to pray or chant. For illness, they chant parts of the Lotus Sūtra, along with prayers to Avalokiteśvara and Bhaiṣajyaguru (the Medicine Buddha). Alternatively, when the person is about to pass away, they pray to Amitābha Buddha. Often the nuns also pray so that an ill person can accumulate good karma. They report that that bad karma can be the cause of many problems, including poor health. When it is believed that the sickness was caused by a malicious ghost, the nuns may do exorcism rites to expel it. The interviewee also states that the temple practices vegetarianism because its a healthier choice than eating animal products.