The Life of the Buddha
A Shambhala Sun guide for viewers of PBS's The Buddha. (Debuted: April 7th, 2010)
Here you'll find links to single articles and collections of material that will help you to investigate themes touched on in the film. Also included is material specifically related to PBS's program, as printed in our May 2010 magazine.
Just click any item's title to begin exploring.
about the film
filmmaker explains how the Buddha came to be his latest subject, what
teachings mean to him, and what they might mean to us all.
The complete Q&A, as printed in our May 2010 issue.
further reading from the shambhala sun
These teachings from the Dalai
Lama, Pema Chödrön, and other trusted teachers will deepen and
reinforce your understanding of the essentials of Buddhism. Perfect for investigating, or starting and maintaining your own personal practice.
meditation aims to help us find liberation by going against the grain
of our usual habits of mind. In this selection of articles from the
Shambhala Sun, we present teachings on the various techniques of
meditation from all the major schools of Buddhism.
Tulku Thondup on the four simple
and practical statements that encompass the entire Buddhist path, the
Buddha's Four Noble Truths.
"For positive change to take place in
this world," says Noah Levine, "our spiritual
practice has to be so much
more than just getting our ass on the meditation cushion for some part
of each day."
offered a progression of teachings appropriate to people's different
spiritual needs. The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche outlines the three
turnings of the wheel of dharma.
"Only when we see fully the ramifications of karma," writes Reginald Ray, "can we understand
who we are and why we are here, connect with the warmth and blessing of
the world, and experience genuine compassion for other people."
Fremantle on the "wheel of life" and
how the Buddha deconstructed it.
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