Lian Sheng True Buddha Temple 真佛宗費城蓮彥雷藏寺

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:12
1539 McKean St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

39.9260933, -75.1722768

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Taiwanese Vajrayana temple affiliated with True Buddha School. One monk in residence, est. 2010.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

The temple is located in South Philadelphia. The temple’s attendees are of Chinese descent, but the iconography is largely Tibetan Buddhist. All of the scriptures are written in the Chinese language. There are, on average, less than ten attendees per session.

Connections with Healing

The temple holds special ceremonies dedicated to various deities, including the Medicine Buddha, according to the lunar calendar. Long mantras chanted during that ceremony consist of homages to certain deities, while others are empowering, or blessing, mantras for the participants. Mantras can be counted up to 108 times, counted with mala beads by the monk leading the ceremony. Mantras are pronounced in Chinese. Meditation practice focuses on the Padmasambhava Mantra, in which the user visualizes certain body parts in white or red light, channeling and purifying the body. Part of the meditation involves mudra hand motions where the user put the hand motions to their forehead, throat, and heart while saying three different syllables.

Best Time to Visit

Temple is open to the public Mon to Sun 10–5. Services are held Sun. 9:30am and 3pm, meditation Sat. 8pm. Special ceremonies on the first and fifteenth days of the lunar month at 11am.