September 09, 2013

Thich Nhat Hanh's Meditation Flash Mob Descends on Manhattan

Last Friday, members of Thich Nhat Hanh's Blue Cliff Monastery brought a little mindfulness to Union Square. About 100 participants staged a "meditation flash mob" in the middle of the busy park, contrasting their frantic surroundings with complete silence. Facing five robed monks, the eclectic group of meditators sat silently for 30 minutes, as locals and tourists alike crowded around in wonder.

After the sitting meditation, the group created even more of a stir when they began walking meditation up Broadway. New Yorkers' gazes were forced momentarily away from their smartphones and onto the slow-moving religious crowd, blocking their path on the sidewalk. The smartphones, of course, were then used to snap the necessary Instagram pictures.

The meditators walked four blocks to ABC Home, where Thich Nhat Hanh's calligraphy exhibit is currently on display until the end of the year.

(Visit ABC Home for more information. Blue Cliff Monastery has also released a calligraphic meditation video, in honor of the exhibit.)

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Halflotus's picture

What was the intention of this activity?

Dominic Gomez's picture

"A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression." (Wikipedia)

Halflotus's picture

In that case: lol.

buddhaddy's picture

Refreshing. This is how Buddhists can change the world. through our voluntary group efforts. We can all look up to these Buddhists for their efforts.

barry.cull's picture

I spent a week in the company of That and the Plum Village folk at Brock University in Canada last month. Wish I could have been in NY.

amybethbarr's picture

so fabulous. wish I could have been there.