In an attempt to cope with the stress of daily life, especially in light of recent stock market woes, Shanghai residents are resorting to a two-day intensive meditation session in which participants are completely isolated and forbidden to talk with one another.
The new program, hosted by the city’s renowned Jade Buddha Temple, received over 500 applications through Weibo in the first four days of its launch. Only 70 participants are chosen to take part in each the first two phases.
The first group of 70 participants put on hemp-made meditation outfits and embarked on their meditation journey yesterday.
Throughout the two days, participants will be led by Buddhist masters and will follow the daily activities of the monks, from eating, sitting to sleeping.
Participants are told to lock their cellphones, iPads and other electronic devices inside a password-protected cabinet, the code to which is kept by temple workers. Speaking is also a no-no, and each person wears a “no talking” card around their neck as a reminder of this.
It’s still unclear whether the participants reached any sort of enlightenment, but some seemed to have their doubts ahead of time.
“I’m wondering if I’ll go insane without my phone and without talking for two days,” one female advertiser, surnamed Su, said.
The temple is considering organizing more meditation programs that would last for three days to an entire week.
Take a look at the event below.
By Joyce Ng
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