PBS’s The Buddha

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Jan 16, 2010
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I’ve just become aware of an upcoming PBS documentary by David Grubin entitled The Buddha.  There’s a new Facebook page for it, a pre-order form for the DVD at the PBS Shop, and an official website.

Here’s what we know: 

The Buddha, a two-hour documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. The program was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art, organized by Asia Society Museum, New York, opening in March 2010. The companion website for The Buddha, launching in early 2010, will feature the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists — including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life.

I, for one, can’t wait to see this.  It premieres April 7th at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings) on PBS.  You can watch a trailer at the website.


About Reverend Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. He was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. He has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet's Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. His award-winning website is http://www.dannyfisher.org


One Response to “PBS’s The Buddha

  1. Sound great. Good trailer. I've marked the April 7 PBS showing on my calendar.

    Yoga is my chosen spirituality, but I have a strong interest in learning about Buddhism, both because it's so closely related to Yoga philosophy and because so many Elephant people are Buddhists.

    Thanks for letting us know.

    Bob Weisenberg