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58 reviews
41 stars
attended Mar 25 2009

I was raised in a Buddhist household and really appreciated this play. The simple, yet profound dialogue was easy to follow. It was entertaining poignant and... continued

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1 stars
attended Mar 29 2009

For someone who's never spent time with Buddhism, it was a very engaging primer. The actor made the original words of the texts, often simple and repetitive, come alive... continued

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4 stars
attended Mar 28 2009

Enlightening, not just because it is about the enlightened one. The pacing of the narrative is engaging and educating. The portrayal of the Buddha, and the sense of... continued

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Website

http://TheBuddhaPlay.com

Quotes & Highlights

The show was a Boston Globe Pick of the Week.
“Wonderfully entertaining…Marvelous to experience.” —Boston Metro
“Enchanting…poignant…revealing…A compelling portrait of a man who struggled to find his life’s path… Brenner has a way of telling his stories as if he’s speaking to each member of the audience individually" —Boston Globe
“Riveting…Brenner’s selections from Buddhist texts show the Buddha to be a complex, flawed and very mortal individual…Brenner is a subtle and masterful storyteller.” —Boston Herald

Description

This original one-man play brings to the stage the life of the Buddha in his own words — the evolution of his thought, the triumphs and the rarely portrayed tragedy at the end of his life.

Relying exclusively on the oldest texts, the show enacts the life of the man and development of his philosophy. It’s no dry tale — The Buddha’s story stands among the great archetypal adventure stories.

The man we know as the Buddha lived in India around 500BC and introduced the teaching known as Buddhism. Approximately 300 years after his death, an extensive oral history of the movement was written down, carried throughout Asia, and this canon became the taproot of the entire Buddhist tradition.