NPR

Many Look To Buddhism For Sanctuary From An Over-Connected World

Some users are turning to Buddhism and other religions to have a more mindful experience online. By being tethered to your devices, one monk says, "you will waste your whole precious time."
One recent study estimated that Americans are spending nearly six hours a day on their connected devices. Add television to that and the total rises to nearly 10 hours. Source: Deborah Lee

On the floor of a Zen Buddhist worship space in an apartment building in Washington, D.C., about 15 people recently sat on meditation cushions. They chant sutras and meditate, in complete silence, for a full 30 minutes.

And then one of the lay leaders of the All Beings Zen Sangha, or congregation, conducted a "little exercise."

"It's very simple," said Mark Stone. "If you could take out your screens, stay on

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readSociety
'Wake-Up Call' About A Broken System: New Study Shows Failings Of Probation, Parole
The nationwide analysis has concluded that probation and parole violations amount to nearly half of admissions to state prisons. The majority of those violations were minor infractions.
NPR3 min readSociety
NPR Identifies 4th Attacker In Civil Rights-Era Cold Case
A fourth man was involved in the 1965 attack on civil rights worker and minister James Reeb, but that man was never identified or charged in Reeb's murder, an NPR investigation revealed.
NPR2 min read
Google Will Devote $1 Billion To Try To Tame Housing Costs In SF Bay Area
Over the next 10 years, Google hopes to help bring 20,000 new homes to the local market. Part of the plan calls for rezoning company-owned land so that it can be used for residential housing.