DVD Review: The Buddha

The Buddha
PBS Video/ A Film by David Grubin

I was very fortunate to have received a screener copy of The Buddha, a documentary that will airing April 7, 2010 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings)

I am very excited that this documentary will be shown on a wide scope. In light of all the exposure Buddhism has received lately, ie. Tiger Woods, this documentary is necessary. I think it will shine a light on something most people have no understanding of, and some may be confused about.

The story of “The Buddha” is narrated by Richard Gere, and key points are driven home by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Mark Epstein and many more scholars and monastics. PBS has done a fantastic job in employing David Grubin to make this film. It is done so with not only an open mind, but with true acknowledgment of the wisdom the Buddha achieved.

“The Buddha” is a fantastic story, infused with myth and wonder. It is the tale of a man who was struck by the suffering in the world and vowed to do what he could to find the end to that suffering. Through renunciation of worldly desires he broke through the cloud of misunderstanding and found the truth of true experience. He blazed a path of freedom for the rest of us to follow. Not a dogmatic path, but one that does, and will work, if enough effort is put forth.

The film has the same approach the Buddha taught, cutting through it all and telling it like it is. There are some nice graphic touches, reminiscent of most PBS films, that play well into the film.

Make plan on April 7th to watch this film. If you have at least a minor interest in learning what The Buddha really was about, this is the film to watch. Check out the trailer below.


  1. Thanks for the youtube link and info. Although I missed the show, I have had more than one customer come in and discuss the program while purchasing a buddha for their home mini altar. I hope they really are respecting the beauty and not just being trendy.

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