Collecting individuals’ experiences of connecting through technology for practising Buddhism

This project investigates spiritual well-being in the context of being connected to others for practicing faith and spirituality.

It focuses on a Buddhist community which provides a case study for understanding how people have adjusted to such an unprecedent situation and continued practicing together remotely with one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 interviews were conducted with members of a Buddhist community to understand how they have used technology (e.g. their mobile phones or personal computers) to connect with each other online in response to the pandemic. The lead investigator is using auto-ethnography and reflexive thematic analysis. Design sensitivities will be identified to help open up a conceptual and critical space for spiritual tech-mediated practices.

Partners: Buddhist community, Soka Gakkai International