Animals and The Buddha (50 min)
2500 years ago a man sat under a tree determined not to budge until he saw all there was to see. When unlighted the Buddha spent forty five years teaching a new and revolutionary way of seeing the world. The essence of his teachings called the Dharma was articulated in the four Noble Truths where he taught the path to the end of all suffering. Central to these teachings was an important notion that the Dharma is not just about the humans, rather it includes all of the beings who share the earth.
During this Buddhism documentary film, we will explore what Buddha taught us about animals and our relationship to them. His beliefs are so relevant to our nowadays life even thousands of years have passed.
This powerful and important film features interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jetsuma (Ven. Master) Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana (Bhante G), Christopher Titmuss, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others. From these interviews, we will understand how Buddha perceived animals and how Buddhism followers believe animals should be treated.