The Buddha

The Buddha

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The BuddhaThis documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion.

It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity.

Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Join the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life.

Two-thousand-five-hundred years ago in northern India, Prince Siddhartha left his palace where he had spent twenty-nine years indulging in pleasures.

He was determined to comprehend the nature of human suffering. After a grueling spiritual quest that lasted six years, he at last attained enlightenment meditating under a fig tree.

He became the Buddha, the “awakened one,” and devoted the rest of his life to teaching the way to enlightenment that he himself had found, giving birth to one of the world’s great religions.

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Robert
Robert
6 years ago

Christianity says, “Please leave your brains outside the door, you need bring only your faith.”
Buddhism says, “Please leave your faith outside the door, you need bring only your brains.”
Lord Buddha did not ask people to believe him out of faith, because he said so, or because anyone else made any claims on his teachings. He said for people to test his teachings in their own lives, test the teachings. And if the teachings work in fact...in reality, then to apply the teachings and live by them.

Learning
Learning
7 years ago

All religious facts are not based on truth. All were past on by word of mouth ( we all know what happens to word of mouth facts)for 100s of years: until it was written down. In addition all religious texts have been edited and changed multiple times. No one knows what the truth is. As a result, the message is what is to be followed: not taken as literal truth.

Amy
Amy
7 years ago

Documentary is supposed to be based on True and recorded facts NOT on false information.However good the message might be if it's imaginary should be called fiction and not a Documentary on a real person.This documentary doesn't even convey the real basic facts on where the Buddha was born, how can we even believe the rest of the 14 mins of friction?

Durlav
Durlav
7 years ago

learn the message not the facts
work hard
achive perfection
be the The Buddha(the enlightned one)

Saleko
Saleko
10 years ago

Wonderful documentary, i really feel wonderful after watched this

Richard H. Pratt
Richard H. Pratt
10 years ago

This is the best presentation I have yet seen, on the life and teachings of the Buddha.

Richard H. Pratt
Richard H. Pratt
10 years ago

More than that Paco...jesus studied Buddhism. Read JESUS LIVED INDIA. by Kirsten.

Rune Moon
Rune Moon
11 years ago

did they mention the fourth encounter?

Friso Woudstra
Friso Woudstra
11 years ago

This was really well made. I'm a mindfulness learner myself and I fellt this was both good in providing a view on Buddha's life as well as his teachings - some of which were really wel explained. The use of both shots of modern sites, historical drama and animation gives it a refined feel. Full score for me.

Shrawan Shrestha
Shrawan Shrestha
11 years ago

educational video

Shrawan Shrestha
Shrawan Shrestha
11 years ago

nice video

Michael Veys
Michael Veys
11 years ago

Unity does not mandate uniformity....their is the simple truth of jesus lost 18 years when he traveled to india...known as st. isa....just google it or find the book and documents ...the lost years of jesus by the summitlighthouse...he was in essence a yogi...mastering his lifeforce and internalizing that light by studying the great texts of india's legacy...the birthplace of religion...jesus was the christ...gautama became the buddha....they are one in consciousness..in this age when duality...when end separation and draw wisdom from all the traditions..

Prakash Lama
Prakash Lama
11 years ago

buddha was born in lumbini which is in NEPAL and not any part of northern india. the only relevance to buddha's story with india is that siddhartha meditated in bodh gaya which is in india.

Larissa Paredes
Larissa Paredes
11 years ago

Thank you for sharing this with us. I loved it!

anuragawasthi
anuragawasthi
12 years ago

In sanskrit buddha means 'enlighten one'The first historical buddha known as 'Saguta Buddha'lived in 1500 B.C and Gautama Buddha went to Bodhi-Gaya to get enlightenment from the birth place of Vishnu-avatar-Buddha.

Jayant Arora
Jayant Arora
12 years ago

Instead of following the path showed by Buddha you guys are arguing about his nationality. By arguing over such a petty thing you people are failing Buddha. Please stop this non sense and follow the path of trust and peace. Praise humanity and feel lucky that we have his teachings to guide us.

Paco
Paco
12 years ago

I am catholic, but feel that anybody may recognize that the Buddha was a great spiritual teacher. As an ape from the genus Homo, I feel inheritant too of the teachings of the Buddha. What would some fundametalist Christians say if they saw Jesus giving high testimony of the Buddha's teachings? Jesus was not sectarian, and His heart would have surely recognized the light put forth by the Buddha. Remember that in the gospel Jesus praised a roman centurion, from a pagan religion, for his great faith!! Although the roman was probably praying to Jupiter and the sort. People shouldn't use religion in an exclusive way to feel superior or selected. We should all treasure the great human heritage from all corners of the world, being Islam or Buddhism

FundoK
FundoK
12 years ago

Buddha died while still searching for the truth.People nolonger need to follow him since the Truth came into the World.Jesus said, He was and is the Truth ,The Way and the Life.As for those who lived before Jesus,God knows how they will be treated finally. However, Judgement will be passed on to any body who has know the Truth but rejected Him(Jesus).

anurag awasthi
anurag awasthi
13 years ago

@Light,

Please read about Kapalika sect and chervaaka sect which was in existence during the time of Buddha before deciding what is extremism and what was the middle path he preached

light
light
13 years ago

The budda taught that the middle path IS the way, Yet he reached enlightenment through radical Extremism! Perhaps the most extreme person who ever lived.

tk
tk
13 years ago

Nations didn't exist back then like they do today. They were small accumulations of land and villages. So wether the place the bhudda was born is being called Nepal or India today is of little consequense.

I really found the Dalai Lama very charming and nice.

anurag
anurag
13 years ago

Actually if you see from religious/language/culture sense the east ends with China and west starts with India,and it is a known fact that Sanskrit is the mother of all european languages.

asides to@jasonsociety

The school of thought shankaracharya started is known as Vedantha(It means commentary on vedas with Advaith as its core teachings) there were numerous other school of thought before Shankara and there were many others after him.even before Buddhism and Jainism the ancient religion of india has two division one was vedic and other was Sharmana.....

There is no word for religion in sanskrit dictionary,and the word Hinduism is not found on any scriptures of hinduism,the correct name is Sanatana Dharma.

Regards
Anurag Awasthi

miggymig
miggymig
13 years ago

This documentary was well done. As for the comment above, I'm not very knowledgeable about this, but was Nepal a part of India during Budda's time (as was Pakistan and Bangladesh)? India was much bigger during Buddah's life, so I would defer to him originating there even if Nepal eventually became separate. In other words, I come to conclude that during his life, Budda would consider himself to be Indian (perhaps Nepal not being in existence yet). It now comes to mind that perhaps I should have checked on this first!

jasonsociety
jasonsociety
13 years ago

Actually Hinduism borrowed concepts from Vedic religions, Buddhism and Jainism, Hunidusim is a modern religion founded by shankaracharya.

ashman
ashman
13 years ago

in context of observing, the emotion invoked by the life of holy/non-holy man and his quest to understand himself and what he sees his world to be is tremendous. What an adventure this vessel we call our body/temple can be.

I believe we all intentionally/unintentionally with force/patience/meditation pursue the meaning and understanding the moment of our birth into consciousness.

Gus Hales
Gus Hales
13 years ago

Man: Interesting comment you make picking at the details of the life story of the Buddha. Isn't this just typical of what man does to any profound message. Forget the message, forget what it may be pointing to and forget the deep meaning leading to the end of suffering. Just get lost in the detail.

Abhinav
Abhinav
13 years ago

@Equus:

Holiness is a title bestowed upon people in india who have renounced everything that we call our own, be it material or social (wealth, property, job, family, mother, father, daughter, son, friends etc etc.). Buddha merely taught that "you are not your friends or family, you are not your wealth or money" So, holiness is a title given to an individual who has surpassed the craving for lust, emotions, desire, etc is given that title. Just as Eisntein, Da Vince, Beethoven or Mozart were called geniuses or maestro's by the people themselves because they possessed uncommon skill in their respective fields. If you can do an ounce of what these people have done, Im sure the title would be bestowed up on you by society rather than call yourself one. Unless you can do even an iota that they have done, I suggest that you shut up.

Regards

equus
equus
13 years ago

“His holiness the dalai lama”…hahahahahaha…how & where do you get such a title? Holiness…the pope also got it…no mammal with flesh & blood will be called holiness by me…ever…holiness…hahahahahahaha…gtfoh.

anurag
anurag
13 years ago

@ Vlatko,

An word of appreciation from is end is/will always held in high regards by me.Thank you

anurag
anurag
13 years ago

It was Prince siddharth who was born in Nepal,but He became Buddha in India:)),and you cannot view buddhism in isolation,there were two of buddha contempories at that time,Mahavira(Jainism) and Gosala(He founded religion known as Ajivika,which is now a dead religion.and both buddhism and jainism borrowed from Ajivika as much as they borrowed from hinduism).

Eylzen
Eylzen
13 years ago

@ Man
He does state that he was born in a border valley between India and Nepal. His mother might have been born in Nepal, but the documentary simply states that she was the queen of a small Indian kingdom.

Man
Man
13 years ago

One thing about the knowledge of the director of this documentary...""Buddha was born in Nepal not in India."" And her mother Maya devi was queen from Nepali shakya kingdom not from India....Please donot give false information to the viewers...