• In this Jan. 17, 2016 photo, an Indian woman chants Buddhist prayers in New Delhi, India. Chanting Buddhist mantras is catching on among India’s urban elite as a way to relieve stress. Most are Hindu, but they don’t see a conflict between their religious beliefs and the chanting, which some find soothing, others invigorating. The practice seems to be growing mostly by word of mouth, with practitioners chanting daily and getting together for monthly chanting sessions in various locations. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Indians take to Buddhist chanting to alleviate urban stress

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The bank executive, the book publisher and the social worker had one thing in common: Their hectic lives in the crowded Indian capital had become so chaotic and stressful, they’ve turned to chanting Buddhist mantras in search of calm.