The wonderful Chan and Tea Musical achieved a great success in Sri Lanka, the lotus-like Buddhism country
President Maithripala Sirisena of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the whole cast of Chan and Tea Musical (photography by Yong Yao)
Right after a rain, the sky of Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka turned clear on May 22nd, 2016. The beautiful tune and the fragrance of tea spread to every corner of the packed Nelum Pokuna Theater. At 9 pm, the chorus of Eulogising The Buddha brought Chinese Chan Tea Musical in Sri Lanka came to a perfect end.
President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena (the third from left) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (the second from left) were accompanied by ambassador of P.R.China Xianliang Yi (the fourth from left) in Chan Tea Musical. (photography by Yong Yao)
Invited by Sadaham Savanna Sri Lanka and International Buddhism Research and Information Center, Chan Tea Musical was co-organized by Boshan Zhengjue Monastery, Sadaham Sevana of Sri Lanka and Sevalanka foundation. Chinese ambassador Xianliang Yi accompanied President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe attended the concert. In addition, thousands of representatives from government, Sri Lanka Buddhism, commercial business, as well as overseas Chinese enjoyed the performance.
Venerable Masters from Sri Lanka were chanting Sutra to pray for world peace. (photography by Yong Yao)
Dance performance infused with rich Sri Lanka national colors from Sri Lanka artist (photography by Yong Yao and Jiyan)
Before the opening of the concert, eighteen Venerable Masters from Sri Lanka recited Sutras to prey for blessings and auspiciousness. After that Sir Lanka artist performed a musical “Spiritual Harvesting”, with dances infused with rich Sri Lanka national colors, beautiful violin performance, and cheerful drumbeats. All of these great performances were gifts to warmly welcome their special guests from China.
Chan meditation with tea ceremony “Spring, Sprouting and Growing, Pleasure of tea” (photography by Yong Yao)
Chan meditation with tea ceremony “Summer, Flourish, Pleasure of Chan mediation” (photography by Yong Yao)
Chan meditation with tea ceremony “Autumn, Harvesting, Sharing” (photography by Yong Yao)
Chan meditation with tea ceremony “Winter, Storing and emptiness, Oneness of Chan and tea” (photography by Yong Yao)
This concert consisted of four classic chapters: “Spring, Sprouting and growing, Pleasure of tea”, “Summer, Flourish, Pleasure of Chan mediation”, “Autumn, Harvesting, Sharing” and “Winter, Storing and emptiness, Oneness of Chan and tea”. The main theme was practice Chan meditation in tea ceremony, along with the tea fairies singing in garden at spring, the voice of Chinese zither in monastery at summer, the joy and thankfulness at fall, and the peaceful minded with the tea savoring and Chan mediation at winter. All the steps of tea ceremony: light incense, boil the water and wash the tea pot, put tea leaves into the pot, make tea, taste tea with heart were performed by practitioner in a calm, concentrate, peaceful and continuous way. The performance were nicely complemented by singing, voice of the instrument, and dancing, and finally melted into a wonderful piece of art and presented to the audience.
Ven. Master Ren Da leading the chanting of of Eulogising The Buddha (photography by Yong Yao)
After the concert, President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena gave his comments to the reporter of Xinhua News Agency: it was a marvelous performance. He said, the great performance from Chinese buddhism artist introduced the wonderful Chinese culture as well as Chinese buddhism culture to Sri Lanka people. The co-performance from artists of both countries gave a great show. Sri Lanka and China always keep very close friendship and he hope that more Chinese culture performances can be held in Sri Lanka in the future to make the friendship even stronger.
Ven. Ren Da and President of Sri Lanka greet each other (photography by Yong Yao)
The mind consultant of the president, member of legislative body Ven. MP. Athuraliye RathanaThera praised that practicing Chan in tea ceremony is a well creative and acceptable way of culture exchange for both countries. Sri Lanka is well known for black tea export, the long history of tea also needs to merge with Chan. He also congratulates on the success of the musical. There are three major features of the concert: 1. The form of the concert is quite modern and avant-garde, full of vitality, it could attract more young people. 2. The music and performance is peaceful and full of the Chan spirit. 3. It enlightened the people’s mind. The Chan Tea Musical was hosted in Nelum Pokuna Theater and it opened a new chapter on culture exchange between Sri Lanka and China.
The mind consultant of the president, member of legislative body Ven. MP. Athuraliye RathanaThera (photography by Yong Yao)
Abbot of Boshan Zhengjue Monastery, Ven. Ren Da mentioned that there is a long history of friendship between China and Sri Lanka. One thousand and six hundred years ago, the Chinese Ven. Master Fa-hsien traveled thousand miles to Sri Lanka. From here he brought back four Sutras (Mahīsasakavinaya，Dirghagama-sutra，Sa?yuttāgama and K?udraka-sūtra) to China including the Sutra on Precepts. The performance we brought here today was a way to give back. We tried to put tea tables on the stage, transformed the theater to the place of Chan meditation, hoping this concert bring peaceful mind and happiness to everyone. We hope everyone enjoyed it. Wish everyone a wonderful Vesak and all the best.
Ven. Master Ren Da (photography by Yong Yao)
The audiences are fully attracted by the performance ( photography by Yong Yao)
After the show, Amaracinghe couple did not want to leave the theater. They said this is the first time they watched a terrific performance like this and they were very much touched. Every programme in the program were so beautiful.