The Buddha

Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of the Buddha's life narrated by Richard Gere, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. 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.

Major funding provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Additional funding provided by: the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and the Bumper Foundation.

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Birth & Youth, part 1

Twenty-five hundred years ago, a child was born who was to become the Buddha.


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Birth & Youth, part 3

Profoundly troubled, Siddhartha was determined to comprehend the nature of suffering.


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A devoted gathering of monks formed around the Buddha at Sarnath.


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Compassion stirred the Buddha to send his monks out into the community.


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Death & Legacy, part 1

For decades, the Buddha shared his teachings all across northeastern India.


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Death & Legacy, part 2

The Buddha prepared to leave the earth forever.


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Enlightenment, part 1

Near death, Siddhartha recalls a childhood moment of when he felt pure joy.


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Enlightenment, part 2

Siddhartha sat down in the shade of the Bodhi tree and began to meditate.


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The Buddha - Preview

Airs Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.


The Buddha

Preview Trailer

Follow the story of the Buddha's life.


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