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by Huston Smith
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Year Released:
 1979

Renowned world religions scholar Huston Smith (The Religions of Man) travels to Tibet in Requiem for a Faith to provide moving commentary that accompanies filmmaker Elda Hartley's remarkable images of this profoundly mystical culture.

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by Huston Smith
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Year Released:
 1979

All of the world's great religions are practiced in India. It was in India that Buddha achieved enlightenment; it is in India that belief in reincarnation originated.

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by Winston King
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Buddhism began with Gotama the Buddha in the sixth century BCE and has developed two chief forms. Theravada (or Hinayana) is found especially in Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand; Mahayana is found in Japan, China, Korea, and Indochina.

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by Joseph Campbell
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In this sixth and final part of the PBS series Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth, Bill Moyers interviews Campbell for the last time, just months before his death at age 83.

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Year Released:
 2002

Leonard Cohen narrates an examination of the Tibetan Book of the Dead in this documentary on the ways this ancient text has been used to help cope with and understand the reality of death.

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Year Released:
 1976

The Long Search was a 1977 BBC documentary television series spanning 13 episodes. Presented by theatre director Ronald Eyre, the series surveyed several major world religions, including Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic Christianity.

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Year Released:
 2013

There has been considerable worldwide interest in Buddhism in Tibet. However, the fact that Tibetan Buddhism, its deities and mandalas, were all developed in the Indian University of Nalanda, is not known to many.

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Year Released:
 1998

The tenets of Buddhism - equality and democracy, universal peace, steadfast love for all life and a secular practice that can help humanity to end suffering has attracted followers from all across the world to Buddha and Buddhism.

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Year Released:
 2010

Join historian Bettany Hughes as she explores the different beliefs and practices that form the core of the Buddhist philosophy and investigates how Buddhism started and where it travelled to, through visits to seven of the most spectacular monuments built by Buddhists across the globe.

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by Chogyam Trungpa
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Year Released:
 2011

Crazy Wisdom explores the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant "bad boy of Buddhism" who fled his homeland during the Chinese Communist invasion.

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