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'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« on: April 04, 2010, 04:48:23 pm »

On Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. ET, PBS will bring to life Siddhartha and his journey in THE BUDDHA, a two-hour documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin, narrated by actor Richard Gere.

Experts on the Buddha, representing a variety of disciplines, relate the key episodes of the Buddha’s life and reflect on what his journey means for us today. They include His Holiness the Dalai Lama; poets Jane Hirshfield and W.S. Merwin; scholars Robert Thurman, Kevin Trainor and Dr. Max Moerman; astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; and psychiatrist Mark Epstein, as well as practicing Buddhist monastics.

http://www.pbs.org/thebuddha/program/

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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 04:59:40 am »
Got this marked on the calendar! I'm even gonna let the kids stay up late to watch it as well.
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 08:04:39 am »
Thanks for the heads-up, Mikey.  Have it scheduled for recording on The DVR.   :jinsyx:
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 08:24:53 am »
Yeah looking forward to this - recording scheduled.  :)
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 02:37:42 pm »
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Does anyone know if it is possible to see the documentary The Buddha on a pc/laptop in Ireland, on Wednesday the 7th of April, at 20:00 hrs ET?
Thanks Mikey for telling us, and thanks in advance for offering info.  :namaste:

 

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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 03:53:39 pm »
The whole series is on YouTube. Start here, and I think you can find the links for the rest of the series:

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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 04:12:43 pm »
I checked through several series links in Youtube, they are all short preview trailers of the actual documentary to come, with many scenes duplicated.
May be some one has a link for the entire series if it is available.

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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 04:18:57 pm »
The complete 2 hour documentary is on YouTube, broken into 19 parts.

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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2010, 04:28:55 pm »
Or just watch it on the PBS website: http://video.pbs.org/video/1461557530
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2010, 06:11:39 pm »
Or just watch it on the PBS website: http://video.pbs.org/video/1461557530



I watched it, found it ok but kinda disappointing. A lot of cheezy cheap graphics, and it didn't go into the teachings in much depth. Just basically did not turn my crank a lot.
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2010, 07:01:23 pm »
Or just watch it on the PBS website: http://video.pbs.org/video/1461557530



I watched it, found it ok but kinda disappointing. A lot of cheezy cheap graphics, and it didn't go into the teachings in much depth. Just basically did not turn my crank a lot.


I kind of agree cat but hey any nice presentation which is disseminated is always good to see.
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2010, 07:11:29 pm »
I actually really liked the show that was on after it, "the unmistaken child", it was such a heartfelt story. :)
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2010, 07:48:16 pm »
The show was advertised and promoted as a documentary of his life, not Buddhism or details of the teachings. It was well done, with some historically contentious points. Nothing to make it a wasted effort. Good for those new to, or just investigating the after-the-fact religion centered about his teachings.
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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2010, 07:49:19 pm »
I actually really liked the show that was on after it, "the unmistaken child", it was such a heartfelt story. :)

"THE UNMISTAKEN CHILD" - was a beautiful real life story on finding the reincarnation of Tibetan master Geshe Lama Konchog who passed away
in 2001. Among other things, it involves a long & arduous journey of searching, meeting, interviewing and listening to stories about young children with special characteristics and performing rarely seen ritualistic investigative tests designed to determine their likelihood of reincarnation.  He finally does find the child, presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama — who makes the final decision. It was absolutely mesmerizing & breathtaking. It turned out to be another two hour show that followed the Buddha documentary, I was surprised to find out about it, since it was not promoted by pbs.

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Re: 'The Buddha' two hour documentary premiers on PBS April 7th
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2010, 08:47:29 pm »
Of the many people I can think of as either experts on Buddhism or inspiring speakers on Buddhism... who were those commentators? So I've read Mark Epstein's book, he would not have been my first choice. The various poets, I was left wondering "Who are you? Why are you selected to represent the Buddha's life?"

On one hand, I did not learn anything from the show, and I am not an expert on the life of Buddha so the documentary was very basic. On the other hand, I think for people who are unfamiliar with Buddhism it was a good introduction.

 


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