Deepak Chopra's Global Meditation Event Crashes Website, Forcing Live Stream to Facebook Live

According to the wellness leader, a million people tried logging on to participate in the experience, which caused unexpected issues.
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Call is a sign of the times. Deepak Chopra's global meditation live-stream event on Sunday was met with unexpected issues, forcing a last-minute reschedule. 

But instead of social distancing, the wellness leader said it was due to the sheer number of prospective participants that had logged on to The Well's website looking for peace amid a global coronavirus pandemic, so organizers switched platforms from a Vimeo-supported stream to Facebook Live. Chopra announced the news as he went live, just after 9 a.m. PT. "We had set up a site, but the site crashed. We were hoping for a million people and indeed we think we had them," Chopra said of the huge number of users, which another source said was in the hundreds of thousands. 

On Monday, a Vimeo spokesperson explained the issue in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that it was not, in fact, the number of users but instead an administrative error: "The issue experienced by this user was not related to the stream's viewership number, nor did Vimeo have any technical issue on our platform. The issue was related to the hardware setup and how it was connected to our platform. More specifically, the team had more than one admin logged into the broadcast, which disrupted and prevented the stream from reaching the Vimeo platform."

In an interview with THR ahead of the event, Chopra said the idea and the partnership with The Well "grew out of a feeling I’ve had long before the COVID-19 crisis, a feeling that global disruption needs to be countered by global community." On that note, he opened Sunday's mantra-based meditation with the reminder that "every crisis has a creative solution and every adversity contains the seeds of a creative opportunity." 

Chopra closed the meditation by telling viewers to "anchor yourselves." As of Monday, there were more than 185,000 views on Facebook Live for the video, which Chopra said his team would be posting on YouTube, The Well and both the Chopra Foundation and Chopra Center websites, "so you can come back and shared it with your loved ones." 

It's not the only global meditation initiative Chopra has going at the moment. He also has partnered with Oprah Winfrey on #HopeGoesGlobal, a 21-day meditation initiative.

March 30, 12:15 p.m. Updated with statement from a Vimeo spokesperson.