Affiliated with the controversial New Kadampa Tradition, established in England in 1991. The Philadelphia chapter was estabilshed about 10 years ago.
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.
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.
Sundays and weeknights. See website for details.