Path of Compassion
Tickets: $10 / Free to Members
2008, India, Benoy K. Behl, 25 min.
Includes a post-screening discussion with Julie Regan
Path of Compassion explores India at the time of the Buddha, and traces the Buddha's life. It also gives an overview of Buddhist philosophy and teachings. The sites covered include Lumbini, Kapilavastu (Piprawaha and Ganveria), Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Rajgir, Kushinagar, and Ashoka's caves at Barabar, as well as a few pillars and inscriptions of Ashoka (6th–3rd century BCE).
This series of films by Benoy K. Behl is the first that depicts all of the ancient Buddhist sites of India as well as other Asian countries. The story of the Buddha and of the development of Buddhism is traced through the art and architecture of over one hundred major monuments. The series is presented as a complement to the new exhibition From India East.
About the Speaker
Julie Regan is a visiting scholar at NYU, where she recently taught courses on Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. In the fall she will become Assistant Professor of Asian Religions at La Salle University. Her doctoral studies at Harvard focused on the use of poetry as a means of facilitating Buddhist understanding. She has also studied with traditional teachers and pursued research at historic sites in India, Nepal, Tibet, and China.