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Amitabha Buddhist Temple

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Basic information
1724 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Mahayana
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Information Not Available
Best time to visit:

Open 10am-6pm Mon through Sun, with festivals on the first and fifteenth days of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Date last visited: November 22, 2018
Currently active?: As of the last time it was visited by our research team, this location was open.
Local setting, neighborhood, demographics

Mainly first-generation immigrants. Families bring young children to attend.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

When asked about healing practices, interviewee mentioned meditation and chanting. Meditation classes are offered to the community once per week.

Interviewee stressed that illness begins in the mind, and can be assisted by avoiding the three poisons (anger, greed, ignorance) and by practicing non-harming of living beings. However, seeking to avoid illness altogether through a healthy lifestyle is a wrong view. Illness is a natural and cyclical part of human existence, and one should not become depressed or upset when one becomes sick.