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‘Keeping our Faith alive’: Investigating Buddhism practice during COVID-19 to inform Design for the online community practice of Faith

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Caroline ClaisseORCiD, Professor Abi DurrantORCiD



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


Supportive digital technologies for the community practice of Faith remain relatively under-explored in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). We report on interviews with 12 members of a Buddhist community in the UK who self-organized and used video-conferencing tools to remain connected to their faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to understand how they adopted online tools for their practice while shaping new collective experiences. Findings from Reflexive Thematic Analysis were combined with autoethnographic insights from the first author, also a community member. We evidence qualities of the practice that were valued by participants before and during the pandemic, and the limitations of existing tools and screen-based interactions. We contribute empirical insights on mediated religious and spiritual practice, advancing HCI discourses on Techno-Spirituality, Tangible Embodied Interaction, Soma Design and More-than-Human Worlds. We further develop design considerations for enriching spiritual experiences that is meaningful to practitioners in communities of faith.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Claisse C, Durrant AC

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23)

Year of Conference: 2023

Online publication date: 19/04/2023

Acceptance date: 13/01/2023

Date deposited: 24/02/2023

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/3544548.3581177

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/k0hg-v505

Notes: Article No.: 554

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ISBN: 9781450394215