The BBC’s Life of the Buddha

Acclaimed video documentary on the traditional life of the Buddha. Quite realistically portrayed, and a very positive film, even though it presents myth as history.

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Path to Enlightenment, 4/4

The last of four drama films on the Life of the Buddha and his main disciples, covering the period from the ascetic practice to the Bamboo Grove (Vietnamese with English Subtitles)

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Path to Enlightenment, 3/4

The third of four drama films on the Life of the Buddha and his main disciples, covering the period from the ascetic practice to the Bamboo Grove (Vietnamese with English Subtitles)

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Path to Enlightenment, 2/4

The second part of this film series on the Life of the Buddha and his Disciples covering some of the main events in his early career (Vietnamese with English Subtitles)

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Path to Enlightenment, 1/4

The first of four drama films on the Life of the Buddha and his main disciples, covering the period from the ascetic practice to the establishment of the Bamboo Grove (Vietnamese with English Subtitles)

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The Life of Gautama Buddha in Animation

Cartoon version of the Life of the Buddha with a good helping of Dhamma Teaching.

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Life of Buddha by Martin Meissonnier

A 90-minute film made for French networks in 2003 about the Life of the Buddha, featuring traditional story-tellers and interviews with archeologists, paṇḍits and monks.

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Siddhartha, A Musical Journey to Enlightenment

Extracts from a musical produced by the vibrant Fo Shang Guan community in the Philippines tracing the Life of Siddhartha until his Awakening and his return to his home town – a special for Vesak.

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The Life of the Buddha Animation Film

In a very short compass this animated Life of the Buddha tells more of the significant stories from the Buddha’s life than a lot of other films do. It concentrates on getting across the meaning of the teaching, rather than the heroics of the endeavour.

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PBS – The Buddha

This 2-hour retelling of the Buddha Story by acclaimed film-maker David Grubin was made for PBS with the help of prominent American Buddhists who tell the story.

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