Temple Phat Bao

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:37
6427 Large St, Philadelphia, PA 19149

40.0388813, -75.0745066

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Vietnamese Mahayana temple est. 2009. Two monks in residence.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

This family-focused temple caters to attendees of all ages, mostly of Vietnamese and Chinese descent. Like many Vietnamese temples in the region, this temple has a prevalent statue of Quan Âm in front of the entrance. The main temple room has a large altar taking up the entire far wall, with many Buddha and bodhisattva figures represented.

Connections with Healing

The temple offers daily meditation sessions, which are said to help practitioners achieve inner peace by connecting the mind and body, leading to healthy thoughts and a healthy mind. The interviewees mentioned bowing to Quan Âm (Avalokiteśvara) as a practice to detoxify the mind, since it clears your thoughts and helps focus. Physically, the energy exerted for each bow will be returned to help repair the body. Vegetarian meals help to gain good karma and to prevent diseases and sickness.   

Best Time to Visit

Meditation practice daily at 7pm, main service Sun. 10:30am.