Venue Details

3277 Star Starred
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
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"The Buddha: In His Own Words"
4 ratings
4.5 average rating
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20 events
11 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 22 2009

I enjoyed learning about the Buddha's life. This was a wonderful play and informational.

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 23 2009

Very enjoyable!!!!

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4 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 23 2009

I thought the play was well done, and I love the intimacy of this theatre. It was very enjoyable, and anyone interested in buddhism would enjoy this show.

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Quotes & Highlights

Read reviews from Goldstar members for another recent performance of this play.
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


Due to overwhelming demand, the run of The Buddha — In His Own Words has been extended, returning to the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) [this time to the Roberts Studio Theatre] after it completes its current run at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre

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.

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