- $20 for one ticket to see American Buddhist Cultural Society Presents: The Life of the Buddha (up to $35 value)
- When: Saturday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center at Chabot College
- Seating: side orchestra section
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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The Life of the Buddha
One of the most widely known Buddhist teachers of the modern age, the Venerable Master Hsing Yun has written volumes on the relevance of Buddhism in modern life. Adapting his best seller The Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha to the stage, the American Buddhist Cultural Society celebrates the remarkable life of the religion's founder: Siddhartha Gautama. Born beneath a tree of no sorrow at the foot of the Himalayas 2,600 years ago, the prince who would become the Buddha rebelled against his aristocratic upbringing, seeking an escape from the world's ceaseless suffering. After finding and walking the path to enlightenment, he returns and amasses a burgeoning group of followers, sharing his deep understanding of reality to help them awaken.
The Life of the Buddha conveys its historical subject matter in a way that draws in all audience members: with song. English lyrics and music couple with dazzling costumes to transform the stage into ancient India. To carry the tunes, the American Buddhist Cultural Society enlists more than 50 performers from the Fo Guang Shan Academy of Art Philippines, all of whom delight in animating the story's lessons of compassion.
American Buddhist Cultural Society
The American Buddhist Cultural Society—or Fo Guang Shan San Bao Temple—has followed Master Hsing Yun's Four Great Principles since its founding in 1989. Each of these takes the Dharma out of the temple, but none more so than the use culture to promote Buddhism. The Cultural Society regularly brings lectures to local colleges, puts on performances, and even sponsors television programs such as Hsing Yun Dharma Verses on the local Chinese-language channels. The result is the spread of Buddhism's compassion and knowledge.
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