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Soryarangsey Khmer Buddhist Temple

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Basic information
5415 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Theravada
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Cambodian
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Cambodia
Best time to visit:

Open to the public daily 9-4.

Date last visited: April 16, 2016
Currently active?: As of the last time it was visited by our research team, this location was open.
Other Basic Information:

Established in 1993, named after Rising Sun Ave., on which it is located. Affiliated with other temples of same name in Cambodia. Three monks currently in residence.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

Interviewees stressed the role of mindfulness cultivated through meditation for maintaining physical health. The practice of a vegetarian diet, temperance, monogamy, and maintaining the five precepts were also mentioned, as were spreading compassion and gratitude. Bathhouses are utilized to heal, as is the undertaking of a period of abstinence from food and shelter while receiving prayers and blessings from monks. Holy water blessed by monks is also used to purify or heal the body.