Why So Many Americans Are Turning to Buddhism

The ancient Eastern religion is helping Westerners with very modern mental-health problems

Photo: Annatamila/Shutterstock/Katie Martin/The Atlantic

By Olga Khazan

Dressed in flowing gold robes, the bald female meditation teacher told us to do nothing. We were to sit silently in our plastic chairs, close our eyes, and focus on our breath. I had never…

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