Buddhism Scriptures and Way of Life by Master Yi Chen&Peking Opera Talk
24 April 2013
SOAS University of
UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture
Master Yi Chen
Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe
School of Oriental and African Studies Chinese Student & School Association
On April 24, 2013, sponsored by the British Institute of Chinese traditional culture, Master Yichen from Mount Putuo, gave a lecture on Buddhist scriptures and life at SOAS. He explained the "positive energy" brought by Buddhism with his own experience and perception. Behind his inspiring words is a Buddhist master's openness and indifference after his diverse life experience. Truth, kindness and beauty are the life creeds of Yichen who transcends national boundaries, races and even religious boundaries. According to Yichen, if one if kind to life, the world will be offering back its positive vitality.
Later, the artists of Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe brought the voice of their hometown and the quintessence of Peking Opera to the British overseas Chinese. Li Shaobo, the leader of the Troupe, introduced to us that the founding of the troupe originated from a wish of cultural inheritance. In nearly 30 years of development, Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe, as the cradle of well-renounced Peking Opera performers, has produced a large number of talents. It has successively trained artists who have won various national awards, such as "Plum Blossom Award", "Wenhua Award", "Mei Lanfang Gold Award", "Excellent Performance Award" of the Chinese Peking Opera TV grand Prix, and "Peking Opera Art Star". Whether it's Beijing opera, Kunqu opera or local operas, they inherit the memory of the Chinese people to their ancestors, and they are also the treasures the ancestors left to future generations. Like many Peking opera performers and lovers, Meng Guanglu, a famous Peking opera singer, also regards Beijing opera as the essence of traditional culture. He said that there are too many things in Peking Opera for actors to focus on. The more they learn, the more they will discover what they lack. They will never be complacent and satisfied. The wisdom of the ancestors is reflected in the extensive and profound Peking Opera and the artists must learn from the ancients with a “pious” heart and an open mind before they make their first steps on the state.