EXETER, England (BBC) - If you're looking for a new spiritual journey, the path to enlightenment could be right under your nose. Danny Lawrence meets members of the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Exeter.
A New Beginning
After growing up in a Christian tradition, Meg Surrey has taken a new direction.
"My parents went to church maybe at Christmas and Easter, but I was christened as a baby.
"In my early teens I became interested in it and I was confirmed.
"But by the time I was about 16, I was beginning to have big questions about an outside creator and nobody seemed to be able to answer these for me.
Members of the centre come from a variety of backgrounds. Mark Brimble's is similar to Meg's.
"Like Meg, I was christened," he said. "My mother wasn't particularly involved in the church -- we'd maybe go to Midnight Mass -- and my father's an Atheist.
"I think most specifically because I consider myself a scientist and the two did not merge. It left me asking a lot of questions.
Meg and Mark share their discoveries.
"I went into a bit of a spiritual wilderness for some time. Then I got involved in Reiki, which is a natural method of healing, and shortly after that I became aware of Tibetan Buddhism."
Buddhism's stronghold may be in Asia, but knowledge and practice of it in the West is increasing.