Tuesday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Explore the life of the Buddha, an Indian sage who gained enlightenment. Richard Gere narrates.
Two-and-a-half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree.
The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion.
Pictured above: Illustration of the Buddha gaining enlightenment while sitting under a fig tree.
Pictured, top right: Head of the Buddha, Thailand.
Pictured, bottom right: Reclining Buddha at Wat Boworn, Thailand