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Lian Sheng True Buddha Temple 真佛宗費城蓮彥雷藏寺

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Basic information
1539 McKean St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Vajrayana, Tantric, or Esoteric
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Taiwanese
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Taiwan
Best time to visit:

Temple is open to the public Mon to Sun 10–5. Services are held Sun. 9:30am and 3pm, meditation Sat. 8pm. Special ceremonies on the first and fifteenth days of the lunar month at 11am.

Date last visited: April 25, 2018
Currently active?: As of the last time it was visited by our research team, this location was open.
Other Basic Information:

Taiwanese Vajrayana temple affiliated with True Buddha School of Seattle (www.tbsseattle.org). Two monks in residence, est. 2010.

Local setting, neighborhood, demographics

The temple is located in South Philadelphia. The iconography is largely Tibetan Buddhist. All of the scriptures are written in the Chinese language. There are, on average, ten or a dozen attendees per session.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

The temple holds special ceremonies dedicated to various deities, including Bhaiṣajyaguru (the "Medicine Buddha"), according to the Chinese calendar. Long mantras chanted during that ceremony consist of homages to certain deities, while others are empowering, or blessing, mantras for the participants. Mantras can be counted up to 108 times, counted with mala beads by the monk leading the ceremony. Mantras are pronounced in Chinese. Meditation practice focuses on the Padmasambhava Mantra, in which the user visualizes certain body parts in white or red light in the channels, purifying the body. Part of the meditation involves mudrā hand motions where the user put the hand motions to their forehead, throat, and heart while saying three different syllables.