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After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Richard Gere ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blair Brown ... Herself - Narrator
The Dalai Lama ... Himself (as His Holiness The Dalai Lama)
Mark Epstein Mark Epstein ... Himself - Psychiatrist / Author
Jane Hirshfield Jane Hirshfield ... Herself
William Stanley Merwin William Stanley Merwin ... Himself - Poet (as W.S. Merwin)
D. Max Moerman D. Max Moerman ... Himself - Professor, Barnard
Robert Thurman Robert Thurman ... Himself - Columbia Univ
Kevin Trainor Kevin Trainor ... Himself - Univ of Vermont
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After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. 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. Written by Sulav

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17 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Interesting, but Not Great
2 January 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

"The Buddha" is an interesting, PBS documentary tracing the life story of the Buddha. It is good for an introduction to Buddhist mythology, but could benefit from a bit more depth.

Through the use of animation and interviews with figures such as the Dalai Lama, the documentary explains what Buddhists believe the Buddha went through, and what his significance to them is.

The film itself is well done, with some good animation. However, I was left wanting more. It would have been better if they had provided more information about the development of Buddhism after the Buddha's death. Even if they did not have time to discuss all the different schools of Buddhism, it would have been beneficial to have more in depth commentary from representatives of the various schools. Most of the people they talk to seem to be adherents of Tibetan Buddhism, leaving one to wonder what a Zen or Shinto perspective would be.


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