Traditional Indian Dance Portrays the Many Lives of Buddha

A cast of 14 dancers colorfully portray the many past lives of the Buddha as a bird, animal and human, illustrating the eightfold path toward enlightenment, in “Vyākrita, Under the Sacred Tree.”

Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts, led by artistic director Shreelata Suresh, present “Vyākrita” in the classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam.

“Vyākrita” enthralls the senses through beautiful song, dance, drama and shadow puppetry, while illuminating minds through Buddhist teachings. The journey of the Bodhisatta (seeker of enlightenment represented in each of us) is illustrated through his many lives. As a baby quail, he spread loving kindness. As a monkey, he combined fearlessness and foresight. As a student, he stood with his resolve to remain truthful. These birth stories were told by Gautama Buddha when teaching his disciples the eightfold path of moral conduct and the four noble truths.

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WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 2 shows at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: McAfee Center for Performing Arts, 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

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