At the Vietnamese Buddhist centre called Plum Village in south-west France there are clocks which chime every fifteen minutes. Residents have adopted the practice of stopping every time the clock chimes. This practice may at first seem quite artificial but, simple as it is, it does have a profound effect over the course of a day. The build up of tension which can occur when we rush from one task to another is interrupted every fifteen minutes.

David Brazier, The Feeling Buddha