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.
The film follows the story of the Buddha's life and discusses the history and teachings of Buddhism. Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. Richard Gere narrates.
Bettany finds out more about the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha. Whilst in his 20's he abandoned his family and homeland in the foothills of the Himalayas to take part in an ambitious philosophical quest.
Physician, author and expert in mind and body medicine Deepak Chopra comes together with author and professor of religion Robert Thurman at the Tibet House in New York to discuss the harmonies between Buddhism and Vedanta.