Prajna is the Sanskrit word for radiant wisdom, and yatra is the word for pilgrimage or spiritual journey. This visually stunning documentary is a cinematic pilgrimage exploring the lost civilization of Angkor in Cambodia, including the largest temple in the world, the magnificent Angkor Wat. The journey continues to sacred sites of the natural world, Hindu Bali, jungles of Java, and discovering Buddhist Borobudur. A John Bush film.
This second title in the Sacred Journey series travels to Cambodia, Bali, and Java to explore Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites. In Cambodia, cameras pan the intricately carved walls of the ancient temples of Angkor, Orange-robed monks and white-clad nuns visit the temple and engage in moving religious services, while native dancers celebrate the holy site. In Bali, film crews go to a Hindu cave temple, while in Java, filmmakers study the mammoth Borobudur Buddhist Temple. Beautifully shot footage, Sharon Stone s melodious narration, and background chanting imbue this soothing, meditative program. --Booklist
Prajna Earth is a serene cinematic pilgrimage pervaded by a quiet energy. The gentle rhythm of overland travel is replicated in the deliberately languorous pace, which allows you to be both steeped in the richness of the landscape and to absorb the significance of the symbolism. --Tim McHenry, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
This second documentary in the Journey into Buddhism series, sandwiched in between the 2001 "Dharma River" and the 2006 "Vajra Sky Over Tibet," explores the meeting points of Buddhist and Hindu traditions in Cambodia's lost Angkor civilization, including the Angkor Wat--the largest temple in the world. The journey takes us through Hindu Bali and then to observe Java's jungle trance dancers. In Java, now a Moslem country, there's the awesome sight of the gigantic seven level mandala of Buddhist Borobudur. The colorful visual spectacle is narrated by Sharon Stone and directed by documentarian John Bush. The chanting hymns by David Hykes is intoxicating. For a stunningly beautiful visual trip into exotic and lush Buddhist and Hindu locations, this film is unparalleled. --Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews