Videos on Buddhism

Streaming Videos

The Buddha: The Story of Siddharta (2010, 1 hr. 53 min., PBS)
The story of the Buddha’s life, a journey relevant to our own time. It features the work of some of the world’s great artists and sculptors who, across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art.

Buddhism [WWC] (2006, 27 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
Using architecture and art, this program studies the birth of Buddhism in India and its spread to other lands, where it has flourished.

Buddhism [WWC] (2008, 28 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Buddhism with Hyon Gak Sunim, guiding teacher of the Seoul International Zen Center at Hwa Gye Sah Temple in Seoul, South Korea.

Buddhist Art in South Asia (2004, 20 min., Asian Art Museum)
Explore Buddhism through clips of significant sites in South Asia and interviews with members of the Bay Area South Asian community.

Chinese Buddhist Temples [WWC] (2006, 25 min., Films Media Group)
Architectural elements, design features, and ritual objects symbolize the traditions of the religion.

Essentials of Faith: Buddhism [WWC] (24 min., Films Media Group)
This program presents ways of articulating Buddhist thought from six practitioners who explain parallels and distinctions between Buddhist traditions.

The Gods Come Home: China’s Traditional Faiths Persevere [WWC] (2008, 52 min., Films Media Group)
After decades of oppression and neglect, Buddhist temples are now thriving across China. But are Buddhism and Taoism even relevant in this country of materialism and government bureaucracy?

The Life of the Buddha [WWC] (2005, 51 min., Films Media Group)
Dramatizes the life and teachings of the historical Prince Siddharta and ofers insights into the spread of Buddhism.

The Lost World of Tibet [WWC] (2008, 61 min., Films Media Group)
Vintage amateur movies and archival Communist propaganda documentaries, shows what Tibet was like from the 1930s to 1950

The Mystical Spirit of the East: Masters and Disciples [WWC] (2006, 53 min., Films Media Group)
Religious leaders in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism talk about the principles of their religions.

Pema Chodron [WWC] (2006, 53 min., Films Media Group)
Bill Moyers talks with this author and practitioner of Buddhist monasticism about ideas and teachings that have special significance for western Buddhists.

A Separate Peace: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism [WWC] (2006, 54 min., Films Media Group)
Discusses these four religious philosophies.  See also The Mystical Spirit of the East: Masters and Disciples.

Matthieu Ricard—Habits of Happiness [WWC] (2004, 21 min., Films Media Group)
Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist who became a Buddhist monk, explains that we can train our minds in habits of well-being to generate a sense of serenity and fulfillment.

The Unwinking Gaze: Inside Story of Dalai Lama's Struggle for Tibet [WWC] (2009, 1 hr. 10 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
The Dalai Lama and his inner circle try to convince the Chinese government of the need for a negotiated settlement on the future of Tibet. The program is a portrait of a widely revered world leader as he struggles to strike a balance between his spiritual beliefs and the realpolitik required to draw a reluctant China into discussion.

Walking with Buddha [WWC] (2008, 29 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
Filmed in Thailand, this program traces the development of  Theravada Buddhism and describes the day-to-day lives of Buddhist priests as they counsel, teach, beg for alms, and meditate.


DVDs in the WWC Library

Amongst White Clouds (2007, 86 min.,  Cosmos)
A journey into the lives of China's Zen Buddhist hermits in the Zhongnan Mountains and reveals their tradition and wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. 294.30951 A523.

Enlightenment Guaranteed / Erleuchtung Garantiert (2009, 105 min., Festival)
Uwe and Gustav, brothers from Munich, go on a retreat to a Zen monastery.  In German, with English subtitles. German F E69.

Ethics and the World Crisis: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama (2002, 68 min., Link TV)
One of the world's leading spiritual mentors offers hope for positive social change with his inspirational dialogues, enlightening teachings and surprising humor. 172 E84.

Journey into Buddhism (2007, 255 minutes on 3 discs, WGBH Boston)
Beautiful documentaries on pilgrimages to legendary places including Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bali, Cambodia, Java, and Central Tibet. 294.3 J86.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter-- and Spring (2004, 103 min., Columbia)
An old monk and a child live on a tiny floating monastery amidst a breathtaking landscape. In Korean, with English subtitles. Korean F S769.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (2009, 90 min., Alive Mind)
An ancient teaching on life, death, and the soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth.  An old lama and his novice monk guide a villager into the afterlife. 294.3423 T553.

The Yogis of Tibet (2002, 77 min., June Bug)
An overview of the history and traditional practices of Tibetan yogi masters. Includes interviews with Choje Togden Rinpoche, Garchen Rinpoche, Ven Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche, Chetsang Rinpoche, and the 14th Dalai Lama. 294.5436 Y54.

Zen Noir (2006, 71 min., Dreaming Dog)
Follows a detective as he investigates a mysterious death in a temple. But his logical, crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen. F Z54.

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