January 16, 2010

PBS’s The Buddha

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.

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