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Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia

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Basic information
1102 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Modern or Non-traditional
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Caucasian
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Tibet or Himalayan Region
  • Other
Best time to visit:

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Date last visited: June 14, 2016
Currently active?: As of the last time it was visited by our research team, this location was open.
Other Basic Information:

Affiliated with the New Kadampa Tradition, established in England in 1991. The Philadelphia chapter was estabilshed about 10 years ago, and is connected with others in the area. NKT has been politically controversial (see Reuters report: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/china-dalailama/).

Local setting, neighborhood, demographics

The meditation center is located in Center City Philadelphia. It draws in a crowd of all ages, especially young adults. There are diverse participants, young to middle-aged Caucasians making up the majority.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

Practice focuses on “Liberating Prayer” to Śakyamuni Buddha. The prayer calls for freedom from sorrow and for healing of mental troubles that are caused by delusion. Healing can additionally be achieved through recognizing and accepting the four states of life: birth, aging, sickness, and dying. The center also teaches a form of tonglen meditation where the practitioner visualizes breathing out black smoke, representing releasing negative energy, illness, and/or suffering.