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Check check local listings for broadcast dates. This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion.
Most of the information on YouTube tends to be snippets so I'd have to agree with your feeling that it's not a great source. However, there is a co-production of The BBC and The Discovery Channel (both reliable producers of documentaries) of a documentary entitled "The Life of the Buddha".
Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.
The Buddha, the founder of the great religious philosophy of Buddhism, lived in North India over two thousand and five hundred years ago and was known as Siddhattha (Siddhartha = one whose purpose has been achieved). Gotama (Sanskrit= Gautama) was his family name.
Professional Reviews: "Eye-opening and essential if you have an interest in Eastern spirituality." -Ty Burr, Film Critic, Boston Globe
The Buddha . The history of Buddhism is the story of one man’s spiritual journey to Enlightenment, and of the teachings and ways of living that developed from it.