Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 22:53
1102 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

39.9447417, -75.1600332

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Affiliated with the controversial New Kadampa Tradition, established in England in 1991. The Philadelphia chapter was estabilshed about 10 years ago.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

The meditation center is located in Center City Philadelphia. It draws in a crowd of all ages, specifically young adults. There are diverse participants, Caucasians making up the majority. 

Connections with Healing

Practice focuses on “Liberating Prayer” to Shakyamuni Buddha. The prayer calls for freedom from sorrow, and healing mental troubles that are caused by delusion. Healing can additionally be achieved through recognizing and accepting the four states of life: birth, aging, sickness, and dying. The center also teaches a form of tonglen meditation where the practitioner visualizes breathing out black smoke, representing releasing negative energy, illness, and/or suffering.

Best Time to Visit

Sundays and weeknights. See website for details.