Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia
C. Pierce Salguero used his HWL Visiting Faculty Fellowship to explore the impact of Buddhism—its doctrines, practices, and cultural orientations—on the healthcare landscape of Philadelphia. Since returning from the fellowship, he has organized small teams of undergraduate student researchers to visit targeted locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia. They have conducted interviews with monastics, teachers, and community representatives, and integrated this ethnographic information and audiovisual materials into a Google map that showcases Philadelphia’s Buddhist diversity. He is now in the process of applying for funding both to deepen the project through follow-up interviews and documentary video, as well as to broaden the project to include other cities across North America.