December 13, 2022
Tzu Chi Taiwan hosts Lotus Sutra Musical Adaptation
By Ben Baquilod
At least 2,689 volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation played parts in the grand musical adaptation of the Wondrous Dharma Lotus Sutra held at the Kaohsiung Arena in Taiwan on December 9.
In support of the important Tzu Chi cultural event, Tzu Chi Philippines held a live viewing of the 2.5-hour musical at the Jing Si Hall of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Tzu Chi volunteers set up a large LED screen for the viewing and provided vegetarian dinner and snacks for the attendees.
Tzu Chi offered a superb visual and auditory feast to the viewers by incorporating professional acting monologues and dialogues, sign language, dance, production and costume design, live and pre-recorded music, and lighting. The musical told the life and teachings of the Buddha as encapsulated in the Lotus Sutra, one of the most important scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.
It also showed how the Tzu Chi founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen followed the Lotus Sutra in walking its eight missions for the last 56 years. These missions, now collectively known as Eight Footprints include charity, medicine, education, humanistic culture, international relief, bone marrow donation, environmental protection, and community volunteerism.
The Wondrous Dharma of the Lotus Sutra teaches that all living beings have the capacity to attain Buddhahood or enlightenment, that is, to uncover true wisdom and compassion that lie within.