This part of the website uses ethnographic methods and documentary filmmaking to explore the role of Buddhist institutions, practices, and cultural orientations in the health landscape of Greater Philadelphia between 2015 and 2020. Buddhism plays an important—though often unappreciated—role in the city’s healthcare landscape, especially for Asian immigrants and refugees. We invite you to begin to explore these intersections by visiting one of the six themes below, looking up a specific location in the Location Finder, or reading some of the detailed info and articles about the project.
Themes to explore…
How do Buddhist communities in Philadelphia link meditation to health and wellbeing?
What kinds of Buddhist rituals are performed in Philadelphia to ensure health or fight disease?
What are the health implications of traditional foodways that are celebrated in Buddhist spaces in Philadelphia?
How do Buddhist organizations in Philadelphia promote traditional forms of Asian medical care?
How do Buddhist communities in Philadelphia support their members’ psychological and social wellbeing?
How do Buddhist institutions in Philadelphia interface with mainstream healthcare infrastructure, such as hospitals and health insurance?