Buddha on the Silk Road
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In 1907 explorers discovered a vast treasure of ancient scrolls, some of which were Christian. Dating from the 7th century, the Jesus Sutras are Chinese accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus. The legendary Chinese monk, poet, and scholar Xuan Zang traveled the Silk Road to India and back approximately 1,400 years ago in search of the teachings of Buddha. When he returned to China, he brought with him Buddhist manuscripts and is thus credited with having brought the religion to his homeland. In this documentary, the route taken by Xuan Zang is followed by a film crew, and the fascinating history of Central Asia-and the life of the traveling monk-is seen to resonate to the present day.
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* Interesting - information about buddhism, the caves of buddhist and the art work in the caves along the silk road - places & stories I knew nothing about.
* Frustrating - mainly because it seems the scientists they interviewed (Korean & Chinese) were done without interpretations. In reading the other review, I don't know if my copy had subtitles, so will replay it again (no subtitles when I watched it). Also - because I was unfamiliar with the area and history, there was not much introduction to what was going on & what had occurred in the excavations in the past.
That said, if you are interested in: that part of the world - a different area of ancient buddhism - fascinating old buddhist art work - archaology & anthropology (any or all of these) and don't have great expectations, it is a very interesting program.