Siddhartha: A Musical Journey to Enlightenment


Siddhartha: A Musical Journey to Enlightenment is an original production by Chu Un Temple and BLIA Cebu. The musical play is in English and is based on the poetry and verses of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order.

The first run of the show was on July 6, 2007 at the Waterfront Cebu. Due to the positive response and overall success of the show, the cast was invited to perform excerpts of the musical at Fo Guang Shan in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C. in celebration of Venerable Master Hsing Yun's birthday in September 2007.

A repeat performance of the musical in its entirety at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila was successfully concluded on November 4, 2007.  The Manila show was presented by I.B.P.S. Manila, Philippines (Fo Guang Shan Manila) and Buddha's Light International Association - Philippines.

The CCP show was originally scheduled for three performances (two on November 3 and one on November 4).  Due to the high demand for tickets, an additional performance was added on November 4.

The success of the show is a significant achievement in the history of Buddhism in the Philippines.

The entire cast has been invited to perform in Taiwan in May 2008.  Click here for articles and photos.


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Siddhartha is a musical based on the life of Siddhartha Gautama, a historic figure from 600 BC India. As an infant, prophecy stated that he will either become a great king or an enlightened monk. In order to prevent him from becoming a monk, his father, the king, kept him within the confines of the palace and provided him with all the comfort and luxury available in the kingdom. Thus, Siddhartha grew up completely unaware of the pain and suffering occurring outside his surroundings.

During a trip outside the palace grounds, the young prince came face to face with the unpleasant realities of old age, sickness and death. His heart was so moved by the sight that he left his family to set out into the world to look for a way to end all human suffering.

In the course of several years of self-searching and introspection, all his sacrifices proved fruitful and worthy when he finally achieved enlightenment and became the fully actualized Buddha. He espoused the practice of mindfulness and the propagation of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. From these basic teachings of the Buddha sprung one of the oldest and richest religious traditions of all time.

With its grand themes of culture, religion and tradition, Siddhartha is still a coming-of-age story of a young man, searching for the meaning of life, and finding it silently tucked within himself.




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