Deep connection: virus takes India's spiritual retreats online

Deep connection: virus takes India's spiritual retreats online

New Delhi (AFP) - At a remote hillside retreat in northern India, Tibetan Buddhist nun Tenzin Drolma usually holds intimate, face-to-face classes -- but since the coronavirus pandemic forced them online, her lessons have been packed with people seeking inner peace under lockdown.Drolma had expected around 100 students to join her free video course, the usual size of drop-in sessions at the meditation centre that is closed because of the pandemic.So she was surprised when more than 1,000 people from 57 countries signed up, a fifth of whom had no experience with Buddhism.The Chicago-born teacher...


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