An illustrated talk on the geographical, social, political and religious background to the Buddha’s teaching.
A short film from 1957 in which Sir Mortimer Wheeler takes a tour of the Indus Valley civilsation, which he helped excavate.
The first two lectures by Prof David Eckel on the history of Buddhism gives a course overview and a look at the background to the society the Buddha was born into
Three short introductory lectures on Buddhist Art, featuring the art of India, China, Japan and Thailand.
A look at the aesthetics and history of China through the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
An account of the various expeditions led by the great Hungarian explorer Aurel Stein in Central Asia, which were significant for Buddhist history (mainly English, with some subtitles).
A brief visit to Kashmir, before a long look at Ladakh and its Tibetan Buddhist culture and history.
A look at the peoples in Pakistan and the history of Alexandria the Great’s March across Asia, and the impact that had on Buddhism.