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The Buddha (2010)

After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Gere ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blair Brown ... Herself - Narrator
The Dalai Lama ... Himself (as His Holiness The Dalai Lama)
Mark Epstein Mark Epstein ... Himself - Psychiatrist / Author
Jane Hirshfield Jane Hirshfield ... Herself
William Stanley Merwin ... Himself - Poet (as W.S. Merwin)
D. Max Moerman D. Max Moerman ... Himself - Professor, Barnard
Robert Thurman Robert Thurman ... Himself - Columbia Univ
Kevin Trainor Kevin Trainor ... Himself - Univ of Vermont
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After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only that he was a human being who had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary tells the story of his life. Written by Sulav

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The Life of the Buddha

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buddha: Siddhartas historia See more »

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India See more »

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Good, but uninteresting
31 May 2013 | by user-700-731467See all my reviews

I just finished watching the movie titled "The Buddha" a two hour documentary about the life of Siddhartha Gautama who was also known as The Buddha. To be honest, this movie really didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I found myself falling asleep at parts. I would suggest this movie to people who really want to learn more about Buddhism in depth, for someone like me who just needs the basics this was a little too much. It didn't go into extreme depth but it just took a long time to say the basic fundamentals of the Buddhist teachings and the Buddha's life. However, the artistic style of the movie was quite interesting and very well done. It was told a lot in paintings, and the music in the background really fit the mood of the movie. There were also multiple interviews with different people including the Dalai Lama which made the movie slightly more engaging. I didn't feel like the movie was really trying to force the Buddhism beliefs on you which I really liked, because I find that sometimes movies like this will try and do that. It wasn't an awful movie, and I really appreciated the artistic side of it, but I won't be watching it again.


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