Following Ven. Xuanzang’s footsteps, the Chan Tea musical synchronized minds of Chinese and Indian. — Chinese Chan Tea Musical in Nagpur, India.
At 7:30 p.m. of Feb. 25th, the third day of Buddha Festival (a festival of art, culture & heritage) in Ambedkar Square (Deekshabhoomi), Nagpur, the show-stopping performance of Chinese Chan Tea Musical pushed the festival to the new high.
Before the beginning of performance, not only the main auditorium was already fully packed - all seats and even the aisles were occupied by enthusiastic audiences, but also the outside of the main auditorium was surrounded by huge crowd. Around 20,000 people enjoyed the performance.
Compassion Mantra. The musical was mainly based on the four parts of Boshan Zhengjue Monastery Chan Tea practice: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Additionally, several scene plays such as: Rolling/Shaping Tea, Savoring Tea and Wish Mom Peace and Health were added to enrich the content of the show. Other programs such as: Words of Lotus (Kunqu Opera) and Smile with a Flower between Fingers (singing and singing bowl) refreshed audiences minds.
“Chinese Chan Tea Musical will follow Ven. Xuanzang’s and Ven. Faxian’s footsteps to introduce the excellent Chinese traditional culture to India. We place the tea tables on the stage and covert Ambedkar Square to the Chan meditation hall. Wish Chan Tea and Chinese Chan Tea musical will bring everyone peace and happiness”. Just as Ven. Renda's wish, all audiences were fully attracted by the performance. Applauses and acclamations were given from time to time during the musical. Leading by the outstanding performance from all artists, the audiences immersed and indulged in the world of Chan and Tea.
Along with the music of Eulogising the Buddha, everyone stood up. With rounds of applauses, the special guests, performers and Chan Tea artists offered flowers to Buddha. Recorded in Buddhist sutra, India is a sacred country where a thousand of Buddhas achieve enlightenment here. Ever since Siddhartha Gautama became Buddha, Buddhism has been introduced to China for more than two thousand years. It blossomed into ten sects, such as Chan sect, Tiantai sect, Huayan sect, etc. Chinese Chan culture and tea culture evolved, developed and final merged into Chinese Chan Tea culture which presented by Chan Tea. It becomes a essential component of Chinese traditional culture and it is a great contribution to world civilization by Chan sect of Chinese Buddhism.
The musical ended successfully in the beautiful melody of Zhenjue Chan Tea. Ven. Renda gave thanks to Nagpur Buddhist Centre and Nagarjuna Training Institute. He encouraged everyone to learn from Dr. Ambedkar and Buddha. He also wished everyone no suffering but happiness, auspicious and good luck.
Dr. Rutayush Ji, the president of Nagpur Buddhist Centre and 2017 Buddha Festival committee, shared his thoughts after the musical. “We are very grateful to today’s performance brought by Zhengjue Monastery. It is a very touch show. There are multiple ways to practice Chan. And Zhengjue Monastery helped us calm down and purify our mind to focus on current moment. Right here in Deekshabhoomi, Dr. Ambedkar led 500,000 people converted to buddhism. Some asked him the reason of propagate Buddhism. He said that although Buddhism is quite unpopular in India, I suggest everyone travel to China and you will find that the Buddhism still blossom there. Chinese Buddhist culture has very long history and it was Dr. Ambedkar’s dream to bring Chinese traditional and Buddhist culture to India. I wish Zhengjue Monastery could revisit us in near future and let more people know there are still a lot of places need the positive energy from Buddhism. Let’s work together”.
After the musical, audiences still immersed themselves in the world of Chan Tea and would not want to leave. They also would like to take pictures with masters and performers to memorize this amazing night. The joy and peace spread in every corner of Deekshabhoomi, Ambedkar Square and the main auditorium.
Right on that night, the mainstream media of India such as News Today and CityLine reported Chan Tea Musical and published pictures. Chan Tea is a multicultural platform which beyond the borders, races, ages, genders and religions, it could be learned by anyone and help them understand each other. As told, Nagpur is the first stop in India of the Chan Tea culture exchange journey. In the following days, all performers will continue this journey and visit several other Buddhism pilgrimage sites in India.
Dr. Rutayush Ji, the president of Nagpur Buddhist Centre and 2017 Buddha Festival committee, gave his speech before the musical.
Ven. Renda, Abbot of Zhengjue Monastery gave his speech
Chan Tea performance: Sprout in spring - the joy of tea
Chan Tea performance: Flourish in summer - the joy of Chan
Solo: Praise to Ven. Xuanzang
Solo: Praise to tea
Chan Tea performance: Harvest in autumn - the joy of sharing
Chan Tea performance: Storage in winter - one taste of Chan and Tea
Kunqu opera and Huangmei opera: The tea filled with compassion nourishes the world
Solo: Maha-Mangala Sutta
Chinese zither: The flowing streams
Graceful Chan Tea artists
The gift change after musical. Master Miaohai from Boshan Zhengjue Monastery represented Trina Solar Ltd. to donate 30kw solar power generator to Nagarjuna Training Institute.
Lay Buddhist Chunlin Fu, the head of Calligraphy and Painting Institute, Boshan Zhengjue Monastery donated 3000 US dollars education fund to Nagarjuna Training Institute
Calligraphy and Painting Institute, Boshan Zhengjue Monastery gave calligraphy work “The Friendship between India and China” and “ One taste of Chan and Tea” by Chunlin Fu as gifts to Nagpur Buddhist Centre and Nagarjuna Training Institute.
Group pictures of special guests and all performers