Buddhism on the Rise in America
It's 2012… the age of social media and jam-packed schedules. It's not so often we get the chance to just… breathe.

That's what brings people to the Kadampa Meditation Center in Arlington.

"People are understanding that meditation helps you be peaceful. It helps you deal with stress," said Kelsang Jindak.

People from all walks of life come to find strength and happiness.

"It's hard to find two people that have very much in common, other than their interest in bettering themselves and learning more about Buddhism," said new practitioner Whitney Holden.

Holden came to the center to try something new. In fact, that was her New Years Resolution. What she found was unexpected.

"I find that I can actually do my job better because I'm not so emotionally caught up in it," said Holden. "I never thought I would be interested in any sort of spiritual practice, but the practice of meditation has just been so beneficial, I think everybody should do it."

About 1.3 million people in the U.S. identify themselves as Buddhist, according to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). You don't have to be to Buddhist to practice meditation.

Jindak says the center is seeing more and more people who just stop in, looking for answers.

"I think it's becoming more accessible and more common. People are understanding that meditation has its benefit for anybody," she said.

"It isn't about the religion, it is about the mind. How to get out of suffering, that is the buddha teaching," said Rev. Pannakara, of Fort Worth's Huong Dao Buddhist Temple.

The new temple just had its grand opening back in October. Rev. Pannakara says the new temple is bringing in the community.

"Lately a lot of American people, they come to our temple to look for meditation, learning how to meditate, and get to know more about Buddhism," he said.