Mongkoltepmunee Buddhist Temple

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:07
3304 Knights Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020

40.1100895, -74.9467125

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Other Basic Information

Thai Theravada temple, affiliated with Wat Paknam Pasichareon in Thailand. Est. about 30 years ago, with 4 monks and 8 nuns currently in residence.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

Located on a large campus with multiple Thai-style buildings in suburban Bensalem, the temple serves two different communities. One is the local Thai population, who attend Thai-language services and use the temple as a community center. The other is a group of English-speaking attendees (mostly Caucasians, with a mix of Asian American and African American as well). There is a larger attendance on Sundays than on any other day, and holidays might attract as many as a few hundred people to the temple. 


Connections with Healing

The temple teaches a meditation using a crystal ball. It is said that this method helps delve into the deepest parts of the mind to help find inner strength, to heal mental problems, and to eliminate the root cause of suffering. The meditation involves visualizing a crystal ball roaming around seven different parts of the body. After visualizing each individual body part, the mantra “Samma-Araham” is said before moving on to the next area. The meditation is explained as being able to heal many physical and mental illnesses, including slowing or even curing cancer. Chants to focus and calm the mind are also taught, which we are told contribute to balancing one’s health. 

Best Time to Visit

Meditation instruction in English Fri. and Sat. 5-7pm, full weekly service Sun. 9am–1pm.