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"The Buddha: In His Own Words"
14 ratings
4.6 average rating
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7 events
2 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 26 2009

mesmerizing, simple, inspiring. Evan Brenner delivered an impeccable and supple perfomance. I would imagine that whether you've never explored the Buddha's life or, conversely, perhaps read about it in one of thousands of possible books, whether...continued

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10 reviews
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 with character and nuance. The play really makes you understand how Buddha...continued

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3 reviews
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 release that enlightenment provided is superbly enacted. Evan is a pleasure to...continued

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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


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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