July 12, 2013

"Buddha on Strike" at Goldman Sachs HQ

Buddha on Strike founder Max Zahn has been meditating in front of Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York every business day with the aim of extending "compassion to its employees and demand that they do the same for the worldwide billions affected by the bank's practices." You can learn more about Zahn's efforts over at his website, Buddha on Strike.

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mattbard's picture

......... the hedonic madness of the GS types is too overwhelming for them to see.... who better to offer compassion to? Even the greatest mountain crumbles. Profit at expense of people and planet..........goodness gracious, how blind can they be? don't give up hope. a prayer from here. matt

timzen's picture

This is a very interesting concept and it is commendable that individuals are willing to take this approach. Unfortunately, it makes people very nervous, as can be seen in the faces of people passing by, the attention of security personnel, and the law enforcement officer with the explosive detection canine. These public efforts are beneficial only as long as they do not elevate the anxiety of the people around those meditating. Once balance tips into fear and confrontation then compassion and peace are lost.

Dominic Gomez's picture

A more effective means is inviting the general public to discussion meetings on the role Buddhism has in helping people overwhelmed by the larger forces of society's greed, general apathy, and spiritual emptiness. People first need to feel safe and welcome before they can be open to new ideas.

Jim Spencer's picture

I respectfully disagree with both you and timzen. Timzen said, "These public efforts are beneficial only as long as they do not elevate the anxiety of the people around those meditating. Once balance tips into fear and confrontation then compassion and peace are lost." Mr. Gomez, you said, "People first need to feel safe and welcome before they can be open to new ideas." This effort is neither about making the people that encounter this meditation comfortable or safe nor is it about opening people up to new ideas. It seems to me that it is about radiating loving kindness directly at the employees of a corporation that is most definitely engaged in wrong livelihood in an effort to wake them up to the facts of what their employer is doing to people around the world. Compassion and peace are only lost if those meditating get angry.

We live in a paranoid near police state. Of course they're going to attract the attention of security and the police. Just by their presence near the meditators, they too will be washed in waves of love, and that can't help but make the situation better.

Because of this action, my friends and I were talking last night of doing the same kind of thing in front of the Federal Building here in Syracuse, NY (yes, prepare to be loved unconditionally, federal employees).

Dominic Gomez's picture

Radiating loving kindness directly at employees? Like Uri Geller trying to bend spoons using psychokinesis?

willbonds's picture

I hope the GS employees and federal employees in Syracuse are very sensitive to lovingkindness. Also, you should make allowance for being arrested. I'm not trying to give you a hard time, but this is the likely reality you will face.

davidpmccauley's picture

This is maybe one reality.