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Why So Many Americans Are Turning to Buddhism

The miracle of the Buddhist practices

Whether it is about the 'secular' or the 'buffet' Buddhism, individuals admit embracing these practices as they prove more efficient both from an emotional and a financial point of view.se

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Why So Many Americans Are Turning to Buddhism

Why So Many Americans Are Turning to Buddhism

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/03/buddhism-meditation-anxiety-therapy/584308/

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Buddhism and its advantages

More and more people are turning today to Buddhism, in order to find back the quietness that everyday life makes them lose. 

Moreover, individuals claim that Buddhism enables them to deal with their suffering and find joy within.

The concept of impermanence

One of Buddhism's most popular teaching is the so-called 'impermanence. The term refers to the idea that everything has an end, no matter how difficult might seem to deal with at a certain point in time.

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