Benoy K Behl
I have shown many films made by the eminent Indian art historian Benoy K Behl on this blog before, although a Hindu himself, he has a definite empathy with the subject.
The one I am including today is an overview, taking the development of Buddhism from its beginnings in northern India, up and till its late flowering in the Vajrayana of the Himalayan districts.
The film is short, only 30 minutes, but manages to include a lot of information in that time, and is attractively presented, with location shots from most of the main archeological and religious centres.
Behl includes all his usual themes when talking about this subject: the compassionate basis of Buddhism, the seeking for the eternal (as he sees it), its culmination in the Vajrayana tradition, etc.
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