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Benedict Cumberbatch studied drama at Manchester University, but before he stared to hone his craft, he travelled to Darjeeling in India.

There, as a GAP overseas student volunteer, he taught English in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

'I could actually stay with monks in their home and watch them
at work and at prayer, and get the chance to teach them and interact
with them,' Benedict, 36, recalls.

And the experience helped the Sherlock star become the cool, calm and collected artist he is today. He learnt a lot from being immersed in Buddhism.

'Meditating and all that, being able to be still and focus, I did that,' Benedict tells The Sun.

'There's
an ability to focus and have a real sort of purity of purpose and
attention and not be too distracted.

'And to feel very alive to your
environment, to know what you are part of, to understand what is going
on in your peripheral vision and behind you, as well of what is in front
of you.

'That definitely came from that.'

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