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May 04
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The Buddha: In His Own Words

Shastri Frank Ryan displayed his prowess as an ever-perceptive observer of the arts this week as he conducted a Q&A session with actor Evan Brenner after Mr. Brenner’s performance in his one-man show, The Buddha: In His Own Words. The show, which was directed by well-known actor John C. Reilly, was performed May 3 and 4 at Redstar Union in Cambridge.

The play, which was adapted from an early Pali canon, takes the story of the Buddha’s life and presents it in a lively, accessible fashion. Mr. Brenner’s charisma and stage presence are fantastic and the show is well worth seeing if the opportunity arises. More information on the show can be found at www.thebuddhaplay.com.

Redstar Union, a new performance space and recording studio in Kendall Square, contacted the Shambhala Center about having a senior teacher in the community conduct the Q&A with Mr. Brenner at the end of the performance. Shastri Ryan proved to be the perfect fit, asking insightful questions about the actor/writer’s approach to creating the play and remarking on aspects of the show that he found particularly poignant and striking.

It was a great opportunity for the Shambhala Center, as we continue to get involved more and more in the local community. Shastri Ryan, Susan Ryan, Ashley Goodwin and I all had the opportunity to speak with audience members after the show, and I introduced Frank and Evan and shared a bit about the center. All in all a delightful evening!


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