The Buddha DVD

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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 ... More
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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.

Extras include:
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
Rating: TV-G
Narrator: Richard Gere
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 112 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH);Chinese
DVI: Y
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

134 Reviews
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Marion
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5.0 star rating
07/29/21
Beautifully done.
Review by Marion on 07/29/21 review stating Beautifully done.
This is a special dvd about the life of the Buddha. It is a joy to watch. Highly recommend.
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Valerie
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5.0 star rating
04/16/21
Fine
Review by Valerie on 04/16/21 review stating Fine
Fine
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Vpkindness
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Buddha
Review by Vpkindness on 07/17/20 review stating Buddha
Thank you so much Buddha for showing us the path to kindness and compassion.
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Ta P.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Birth Place of Buddha
Review by Ta P. on 07/17/20 review stating Birth Place of Buddha
It does not matter where the Buddha was born, what matter is his messages of this great teaching. And also I think Pbs/Author was right on saying that the Buddha was born in the Foot-hills of the Himalayas. It did not mentioned Nepal or India. Morevoer, we are talking about the time 2600 years ago when there was 16 princely state, not like a modern day boundary. Even the name Nepal and India was not there at the time. Therefore, it is very right to say in The foothills of the Himalayas. The message was great for all. Everybody benefits from it. Wheather one is Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh or Non-Believer in anything. Thank you so much for the Director, Pbs and all the Crews.
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Fallsjager
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Budda - A Life Experience
Review by Fallsjager on 07/17/20 review stating The Budda - A Life Experience
David Rubin has done a fine job in bringing to life the story of the Religious Sage, Budda. This film is an excellent portrail of Buddas life and religious inspiration. It is a very descriptive narrative of his life and defines what it means to walk in Buddas path. It is a very well narrated film and the guests including the Dalai Lama and the poet Jane Hirschberg really give one a sense of the fulfillment that Buddist seek. Very good, especially for anyone wondering what is Buddism?
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Julia M.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A first
Review by Julia M. on 07/17/20 review stating A first
I found myself entranced watching this clear description of the meaning of Buddhism, its origins, and what is means for us as individuals and connectively. The documentary is also a treat for ones senses with its music, and visual descriptions.
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Chereli
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Inside Story of The Buddha
Review by Chereli on 07/17/20 review stating The Inside Story of The Buddha
This was the first no-holds-barred, nitty gritty telling of Buddhas life and realization that I have ever seen. It really felt like the Buddha was all around and in me and that I was transported to his time on earth while watching[...]
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Da P.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
wow
Review by Da P. on 07/17/20 review stating wow
Watched it on PBS HD and it kept me up until 4:30am...
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Student B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Om Mani Padme Hung
Review by Student B. on 07/17/20 review stating Om Mani Padme Hung
Amazing Video!
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Love B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Excellent
Review by Love B. on 07/17/20 review stating Excellent
Just finished watching this program. It was very informative and intriguing. Hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did.
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Jim R.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Buddha DVD
Review by Jim R. on 07/17/20 review stating Buddha DVD
loved it!
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Nckey
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Beautiful...
Review by Nckey on 07/17/20 review stating Beautiful...
I just saw a bit of this tonight, and was deeply moved. Blown away might be more accurate. Yes, the truth is within us, and we need only to listen to our own hearts to know how to be the Buddha. Beautiful graphics, understandable narrative, just as the Buddha himself might have done it... I love it. I study Sat Nam yoga, and at the end of every class, we say that, which means I am the truth; the truth is within me. Dont mean to sound too woo woo... but thats really it. A lovely and inspiring piece of work.
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Lizbet Y.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Enlightenment: Hidden in Plain Sight
Review by Lizbet Y. on 07/17/20 review stating Enlightenment: Hidden in Plain Sight
Both profound and accessible.
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Huanghuiyue
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
find?
Review by Huanghuiyue on 07/17/20 review stating find?
In my dream, I could never grow up. And in the life, I am still a little kid who can not grow up forever but stay a kid status in my parents eyes. They give me everything I want. Such as shox nz.i didnt know the meaning of the Nike dunk. I treated them as common shoes. I grew up without the notice of my parents. They do see my height and weight grow larger and larger. But they still treat me a little girl who needs their protection and their help in everything. I stare at my Nike shox, keep silent for a long time. Thinking about my life with my parents, I realize that I need to leave their arms and learn to live myself. With my Nike SB Shoes.you can read: www.shoespurchasing.com.
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Nothappy
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1.0 star rating
07/17/20
About birth place of gautam buddha
Review by Nothappy on 07/17/20 review stating About birth place of gautam buddha
The birthplace of Gautam Budhha is in Lumbini, Nepal as evidenced by archaelogical findings from historical monuments, The Ashoka pillar, his mother, Mayadevis hometown Devdaha, and more. Some writers in India are trying in vain to claim it without much evidence based on speculations never been proved. So, please insert the correct information in the documentary which shows the life of Prince Siddhartha Gautam, about Birthplace of Buddha being in Lumbini, Nepal. Not in UP, India.
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Mary S.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The BUDDHA we should all know!
Review by Mary S. on 07/17/20 review stating The BUDDHA we should all know!
Thank you so much for your ongoing contribution to educate on religion to our everyday society. Nothing is more impactful than how and why people believe and act on their belief systems. PBS is a leader in the hope that, through education, the world may change.
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S.T.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Amazing!
Review by S.T. on 07/17/20 review stating Amazing!
Amazing documentary. Beautifully presented. Touches you deep inside and makes you want to see it again and again.
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Xmas B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The journey toward enlightenment begins.
Review by Xmas B. on 07/17/20 review stating The journey toward enlightenment begins.
Balance and equinimity has been my mantra. Watching The Buddha confirms what I find to be the essence of my life on this planet. It is the journey that matters. I believe that being open and attentive to the present moment will provide us with the necessary answers for our continued journey toward enlightenement.
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Catalina73
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very easy to understand
Review by Catalina73 on 07/17/20 review stating Very easy to understand
If you have ever wondered What is Buddhism?, this is a great resource. It is the story of how Buddha came to be. Great for kids, great for adults, great for the sheer entertainment of it, but definitely great for considering another perspective that is very liberating and kind.
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The A.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Beautifully told story-a work or art
Review by The A. on 07/17/20 review stating Beautifully told story-a work or art
If youve ever wondered why hundreds of millions of people around the world have followed the teaching of of one man for over two thousand years, see this. To me, It is more than just a beautifully told story, it is a work of art.


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