Guan Yin Citta 觀世音菩薩心靈法門

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:26
913 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

39.9537089, -75.1553361

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Affiliated with other Master Lu centers in NY, Australia, etc.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

Guan Yin Citta temple is affiliated with Master Jun Hong Lu, a well-known international spiritual teacher in Sydney, Australia. Guan Yin Citta temple features an area with an altar where chanting takes place. In the middle of the altar is a statue of Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara), surrounded by other deities.

Connections with Healing

According to the interviewees, Master Lu specializes in alleviating different illnesses such as arthritis, cancer, kidney problems, and miscarriages. Besides his ability to channel Guanyin, which helps him gather all the information about one’s health, Master Lu instructs his devotees to practice chanting as part of their treatment. Every devotee needing treatment or wanting to help someone else get treatment receives a small yellow card or tally. Each tally has the names of a couple of mantras on it, along with a certain number of little circles that represent the number of times each mantra should be chanted. When devotees chant a mantra, they tick off a circle, continuing until they have completed the whole card. According to the interviewees, it takes approximately four hours to complete a card. After completing the tally, each practitioner writes down their name along with the name of the person they wish to receive the benefits of the chanting. Based on the illness or the particulars of the case, devotees are instructed by the master to complete a certain number of tallies to complete the treatment. After the practitioner completes a tally, he or she is then instructed by the master to preserve it in a red envelope and store it away from the windows. This step is taken to ensure that the tally is not being seen by any ghost, who would steal the tally's power and render it worthless. 

They also use chanting in the temple to sanctify water that they use for blessing ceremonies. The power of the chants is believed to give healing properties to the water, which is offered to devotees whenever they visit the temple to promote well-being. 

Best Time to Visit

Open daily 10-4:30, services Sun 11:30–1.