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The Buddha

The Buddha

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Directed by PBS veteran David Grubin, (The Jewish Americans, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided) and narrated by Richard Gere, The Buddha relates the life of the Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment as he sat beneath a fig tree two-and-a-half millennia ago. The two-hour 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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
UPC: 0841887011983
Original Release: 2010
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 71,401

Special Features

Interviews with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and director David Grubin; "Making Animation for The Buddha" featurette; guide to Buddhist pilgrimage Sites.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits

Technical Credits
Michael Bacon Score Composer
Anna Bowers Associate Producer
James Callanan Cinematographer
David Grubin Producer,Screenwriter
Deborah Peretz Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Buddha
1. Birth [9:55]
2. Siddhartha [7:02]
3. Leaving the Palace [8:10]
4. Reincarnation [8:06]
5. Asceticism [5:56]
6. A Childhood Memory [7:05]
7. Enlightenment [11:14]
8. The First Teaching [8:02]
9. The Four Noble Truths [7:04]
10. The Sangha [4:16]
11. Meditation [4:06]
12. Teachings [9:27]
13. Miracles [6:36]
14. Death of the Buddha [8:10]
15. Epilogue [6:26]
16. Credits [3:02]

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