Thien Vien Minh Dang Quang

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 00:50
208 S Allentown Rd, Telford, PA 18969

40.3346779, -75.3807314

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Vietnamese Mahayana temple, affiliated with a temple in Albany NY. Est. 2008.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

The temple is located in the exurbs northwest of Philadelphia. The temple attendees are mostly of Vietnamese descent. Sessions include, on average, thirty-five to fifty people.

Connections with Healing

On the first day of the new year according to the Sino-Vietnamese lunar calendar, a large ceremony dedicated to the Medicine Buddha takes place. Weekly activities include mostly prayers and the practice of chanting. Chanting is performed before the main altar where there are statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Guanyin, the founder of the temple’s tradition, Amitābha Buddha, and the Medicine Buddha. 

Whenever a member or a member’s loved one is ill, the member writes down his or her name or the name of the ill person on a piece of paper and places it on the altar. Along with this, the individual lights incense, which is a common worship object. Through this practice, the devotee honors the Three Jewels and asks to be healed by the Buddhas. This activity is followed by the practice of prayer carried out by the monks, who pray to the Buddhas for the ill person’s well-being.

Best Time to Visit

Sun. 11am to lunchtime.