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The Buddha (2010)

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 »

Director:

David Grubin

Writer:

David Grubin
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Richard Gere ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blair Brown ... Self - Narrator
The Dalai Lama ... Self (as His Holiness The Dalai Lama)
Mark Epstein Mark Epstein ... Self - Psychiatrist / Author
Jane Hirshfield Jane Hirshfield ... Self
William Stanley Merwin ... Self - Poet (as W.S. Merwin)
D. Max Moerman D. Max Moerman ... Self - Professor, Barnard
Robert Thurman Robert Thurman ... Self - Columbia Univ
Kevin Trainor Kevin Trainor ... Self - 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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The Life of the Buddha

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Professor Robert Thurman is the father of actress Uma Thurman See more »

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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Have You Decided? (2013) See more »

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A worthy addition to a documentary collection
3 May 2010 | by unlovblSee all my reviews

In great contrast to the previous review shredding this documentary apart, I (as a Buddhist) feel that this documentary was profound in its execution and content for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Considering the vast complexity of a faith that has evolved and differentiated itself many times over the centuries, this documentary made a valiant and successful effort in presenting the core story and principles of the life and teachings of the Buddha. It is presented with animations and interviews that are easily identifiable without going deeper into more complex principles of Buddhism that would alienate the viewing audience of lay Buddhists and non-Buddhists. I highly recommend watching it and respectfully disagree with the previous reviewers points of contention about the documentary.


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Language:

English

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17 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Buddha: Siddhartas historia See more »

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