Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in India, generated from the ideas of the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only that he was a human being who had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own times.
The United States, primarily a Judeo-Christian nation until recently, now encompasses theological groups relatively unknown in the early days of the republic. Buddhism - the world's fourth largest religion after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism - has been steadily gaining adherents in America.
THE BUDDHA, a two-hour documentary from Emmy Award winner David Grubin, relates the life of the Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment as he sat beneath a fig tree two-and-a-half millennia ago. This film tells the Buddha's story through painting and sculptures by some of the world's greatest artists and tracks his biography across the sweeping landscapes of northern India.
The testimony of contemporary Buddhists, from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin to the Dalai Lama, provide insight into the ancient narrative of the man who never claimed to be God or God's emissary, but merely a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had achieved a serenity that others, too, could find.
This documentary tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own times.
Richard Gere narrates this two-hour documentary.
Directed and produced by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer David Grubin (The Jewish Americans, American Experience's: RFK, and LBJ, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.
Interview with David Grubin;
Interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama;
Making Animation for The Buddha; and
Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites.
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH), Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
Pictured above: Head of the Buddha, Thailand.
Producer: David Grubin
Production Year: 2010
Copyright Year: 2010
Narrator: Richard Gere
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 112 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH);Chinese
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen