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        The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        Explore the life and teachings of the Buddha through 19 videos, an interactive timeline, and a Teacher's Guide, adapted from The Buddha, a documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere.

        Visit The Buddha website for additional resources.

        Birth and Youth: Part 1 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines the early life of Siddhartha Gautama, a child born twenty-five hundred years ago in a fertile valley nestled along the border between India and Nepal. Stories say that before his birth, his mother, the queen of a small Indian kingdom, had a dream that predicted her son would either conquer the world, or become an enlightened being—the Buddha.

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        Teachings: Part 3 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" discusses the Buddha's analysis of suffering which came to be called The Four Noble Truths. The Buddha laid out a series of instructions for his disciples to follow to address this suffering and lead the mind to enlightenment called the Noble Eightfold Path.

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        Teachings: Part 4 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" discusses how word of the Buddha and his teachings quickly spread, as hundreds came to hear him speak and became disciples too. In the Buddha's day, only the Brahmins could mediate between the gods and men, and stood at the pinnacle of a rigid social hierarchy. But to the Buddha, caste was irrelevant. His teachings focused on the universe within.

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        Community | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" introduces the Buddha's vibrant monastic community known as the Sangha, which strives to be a living example of his teaching. The first Sangha was a radical institution, open to people of every caste and remarkable for the times in which the Buddha lived, in that it welcomed both men and women.

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        Meditation | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines how the Buddha taught bliss and nirvana could be found in a fleeting moment through the practice of meditation. The Buddha showed his followers how to come to terms with their own roiling thoughts and desires by paying attention to them, by becoming aware, by becoming mindful.

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        Compassion | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines the Buddha's understanding of compassion and how it stirred him and his disciples to bring Buddhist teachings into the greater community. The Buddha himself wandered across northeast India, teaching and gathering new disciples everywhere he went, believing that one didn't have to become a monk or a nun to become a Buddhist. The Buddha's teachings were for everyone.

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        Miracles | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines how, as the Buddha gained more and more followers, stories spread about his miracles. These stories mixed the marvelous with the mundane and raised the question of the meaning of a miracle.

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        Death and Legacy: Part 1 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines how, after decades of sharing his teachings all across northeastern India, old age was finally upon the Buddha. He became ill near Kushinagara, a remote village near the border of Nepal, when he was offered a meal which would prove deadly.

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        Death and Legacy: Part 2 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" discusses how with the Buddha's death he finally left the world of endless suffering. He had attained enlightenment, shared what he had learned, and left a path for others to follow.

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        Teachings: Part 2 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" focuses on the Buddha's teaching of the Middle Way, an entirely new message that he must struggle to convey to the first skeptical aesthetics. This teaching comes to be known as "Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma" because it brought the Buddha’s message into the world for the first time.

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        Teachings: Part 1 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" discusses the Buddha's devotion to bringing his teachings of Dharma, or the fundamental law of all things, to the world. Although the Buddha devoted the rest of his life to his teachings, it would not be easy.

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        Birth and Youth: Part 2 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" covers the early life and youth of Siddhartha Gautama and the four prophesized encounters that introduce him to impermanence, suffering and death.

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        Birth and Youth: Part 3 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines Siddhartha's decision to leave his wife and infant son, home and previous life in order to comprehend the nature of suffering.

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        Seeking: Part 1 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" discusses Siddhartha's transition from prince to beggar, and how he comes to seek insight outside of the traditional Vedic rituals. Learn about Siddhartha's experiences as a renunciant and his effort to renounce worldly pleasures.

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        Seeking: Part 2 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines the idea of reincarnation, and how one's experiences from life to life can help them gain wisdom towards enlightenment. Discover how Siddhartha roamed the countryside and apprenticed himself to gurus who developed their own spiritual disciplines in the search for true knowledge.

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        Seeking: Part 3 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        In this excerpt from "The Buddha", discover how Siddhartha fell in with five other ascetics, and soon was outdoing them in mortifying the flesh—subjecting his body to extremes of hardship and pain.

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        Enlightenment: Part 1 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" begins Siddhartha's journey to enlightenment when he recalls a memory of pure joy during his childhood. Realizing he must eat in order to sustain this joy, Siddhartha experiences a random act of compassion from a village maiden who offers him a bowl of rice porridge.

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        Enlightenment: Part 2 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines how, renewed from the rice milk, Siddhartha sat down in the shade of the Bodhi tree and began to meditate. It is said that Siddhartha vowed not to move from this spot until he had attained the supreme and final wisdom.

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        Enlightenment: Part 3 | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        This excerpt from "The Buddha" examines the process by which Siddhartha became The Enlightened One: The Buddha. Having meditated throughout the night, Siddhartha gains a kind of cosmic vision of the workings of the entire universe, which he calls Nirvana, or Awakening.

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        Interactive Timeline & Map | The Buddha: A Film by David Grubin

        Discover the events that defined the life of the Buddha, explore an array of Buddhist art, locate contemporary centers of Buddhist learning, and pilgrimage sites featured in the program. Students can scroll along the timelines or explore the map and select points on them to learn more!

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