Walk Like the Buddha

The art of slow protest


| November / December 2004


The Budha walk has its origins in the 1992 documentary movie Baraka, in the scene where a monk is moving ever so slowly and peacefully through a busy city street. We adapted that idea one day in a large shopping mall in Edmonton, Alberta.

Four of us started moving in super-slow motion, one behind the other, as the busy mall patrons passed us by. The action worked -- shopper after shopper stopped to watch as we made our way from the ground floor to the main floor. People gathered, and many of them wondered out loud what we were doing and why we were there. Some of them thought we were part of the Fringe, an annual theater festival in Edmonton. Others remarked that we were simply strange; one person even suggested that we might steal something. Eventually a mall security officer arrived and engaged us in conversation as we continued our slow progression through the mall.

SECURITY: You have to stop that or I'll have to remove you.

US: Stop what?

SECURITY: What you are doing.

US: What are we doing?






Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $31.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $36 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!




Facebook Instagram Twitter flipboard


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265