In these episodes Xuanzang crosses Central Asia and makes his way down through what is now Afghanistan and eventually on into Kashmir, where he spent the next two years studying.
The Journey of Xuanzang is a lavishly illustrated 12-part biography of the great Chinese traveler and translator Xuanzang, based on Records of the Western World and A Biography of the Tripitaka Master.
This documentary provides a lot of fresh material showing how the commodification of such a basic resource as water is actually killing people right here and now, but no one seems to be held accountable for it.
This documentary travels to Bolivia, India, Spain, Tanzania and back home to Detroit to see the effect that privatisation of water is having on the have-nots, which pushes people into disease on the one hand and criminal activity on the other.
For a number of years I lived in ashrams in India, before eventually retiring to Sri Lanka and ordaining. One of the things I remember most fondly about my time in the ashrams there was the Bhajan and Kirtan singing which generally took place each evening.
Having watched the rise of the Ganges in the Himalayas and its flow through the plains of India, in the final episode we see the effect the river has when it meets the Bay of Bengal and forms the largest delta system in the world.
The story of the river is taken up in this episode as it leaves the Himalayan foothills and enters the swamplands known as the Terai, here there are grasses that can grow 4 metres a year – so large they can even hide elephants.
Ganges is a nature documentary series for television on the natural history of the River Ganges in India and Bangladesh. As well as the animals and habitats, it also features the cultures, traditions and religions found along the river.
This is a short documentary made by The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, with reports on the effects of pesticide use from around the country. The results are, I think, unambiguous and telling.