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Religions 2019, 10(1), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010048

Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia

Division of Humanities, The Abington College of Penn State University, 1600 Woodland Rd., Abington, PA 19001, USA
Portions of this article have appeared in nascent form on the Jivaka Project website, http://www.jivaka.net (all links up to date as of 4 January 2019). I wish to thank my research students and assistants, as well as the project’s advisory board, all of whom are listed on the website’s credits page. I also wish to thank Scott Mitchell, Michael Stanley-Baker, and all the colleagues who have commented on previous oral and written versions of this paper (most memorably at the 2016 AAR annual meeting and the 2018 gathering of the Philadelphia Area Buddhist Studies Working Group).
Received: 28 November 2018 / Revised: 7 January 2019 / Accepted: 10 January 2019 / Published: 13 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buddhism in the United States and Canada)
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While an increasing amount of attention has been paid in the last decade to mindfulness meditation, the broader impact of Buddhism on healthcare in the United States, or any industrialized Western countries, is still much in need of scholarly investigation. The current article presents preliminary results from an ethnographic study exploring the impact of a wide range of Buddhist institutions, practices, and cultural orientations on the healthcare landscape of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. By particularly focusing on segments of the population that are non-white and that have limited English language skills, one of the main goals of this project is to bring more diverse voices into the contemporary conversation about Buddhism and wellbeing in America. Moreover, as it extends far beyond the topic of meditation, this study also is intended to highlight a wider range of practices and orientations toward health and healing that are current in contemporary American Buddhism. Finally, this paper also forwards the argument that the study of these activities should be grounded in an appreciation of how individual Buddhist institutions are situated within specific local contexts, and reflect unique configurations of local factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: Buddhism; medicine; health; immigration; Asian American Buddhism; medicine; health; immigration; Asian American
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