Video coming soon: Buddhism & Biomedicine
Buddhist organizations in the Philadelphia area intersect in a variety of ways with the mainstream healthcare system. Temples and other kinds of organizations serve as nexus points for the distribution of medical information to the community. They serve as locations for health clinics and health fairs. They often are involved in helping newly arrived immigrants connect with medical insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and recommended hospitals or doctors. They may offer formal or informal transportation and translation services to accompany members to medical appointments. In addition, members of local temples or meditation groups frequently volunteer in Buddhist-sponsored community service organizations that offer healthcare services. Finally, several of the local hospitals have Buddhist chaplains on the volunteer staff.
Explore more information related to intersections with mainstream healthcare:
- Wat Phouthathammram (Lao Theravada)
- Department of Pastoral Care and Education, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (secular/non-sectarian)
- Won Buddhism of Philadelphia (non-traditional Korean)
- Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Philadelphia Service Center (Taiwanese Mahayana)
- Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple (Cambodian Theravada)