Tzu Chi KL & Selangor is staging Dharma as Water on July 4 and 5, at 1.30pm and 7pm at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
All tickets to the two-and-a-half hour shows, sponsored by donors, have been taken up by the public.
“We plan to open the two full-dress rehearsal shows on July 3 at 1.30pm and 7pm at the same venue so more people can attend,” said Tzu Chi KL & Selangor spokesman Chong Chuan Yit.
The performance is a combination of theatrical sketches, songs and sign language.
Tzu Chi followers regard the show, adapted from the Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance Text, to lead them to practise repentance and observe a vegetarian diet.
Chong said Tzu Chi founder, Master Cheng Yen, hoped that through the adaptation of the sutra (Buddhist scripture) performance, more people would be inspired to learn the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) and eradicate unwholesome thoughts to bring peace to the world.
In August 2011, volunteers in Taiwan staged 26 performances of this show throughout the island, which saw an attendance of 250,000 people. Some 700 Malaysian volunteers who attended the show vowed to bring the show to our shores, he said.
Tzu Chi Foundation, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the middle of next year, is staging the event, which has taken a year to prepare and involves about 3,000 volunteers.
Through sutra study groups held in communities, Tzu Chi volunteers have come together to learn the Dharma.
They also observed a vegetarian diet and constantly reflect on and repent their wrongdoings to purify their minds.
The cast of Dharma as Water includes Hsu Ya Fen (a well-known Taiwanese opera performer) and Li Xuan from Taiwan and Malaysian artistes Remon Lim, Loo Aye Keng and Laurens Teo.
Admission tickets to the full-dress rehearsals may still be available.
Children under seven years old will not be admitted.