The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha-A Film By David Grubin

November 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Movies/TV, Top Story

The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha, a film by David Grubin, was first shown on PBS on April 7, 2010. I didn`t see it until yesterday when I noticed it under historical documentaries on Netflix. It has instant watch capability. It`s quite good and uses art and animation to tell Siddhartha`s story. I learned a great deal. The Buddha lived around 500 BCE in Southern Nepal.

It`s narrated by Richard Gere and features the Dalai Lama and Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin. Siddhartha`s life is chronicled with talking heads comments from prominent writers. There is much footage also of Buddhists practicing their religion in India, mostly. The music acts as a beautiful backdrop to the narrative. I`m on my 3rd viewing and it`s still not getting old.

As far as the theology goes, I`m still trying to absorb it. The Middle Way is a basic take-away, but naturally it`s much more complex than that. Issues of time, suffering, transience and fulfillment are touched on also. I attained serenity and peace of mind several times yesterday by meditating on The Buddha. Interconnectivity of matter and being is another tenant. “It was a beautiful day. His mind drifted.” *(Note: the image on the left is Mara, the Lord of Desire. On the right is a statue of Siddhartha, otherwise known as The Buddha.)