Simply the Best Documentaries

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Night Will Fall
Ocean Predators
Stadium Rock
Born to Be Wild
In the Grip of the Seasons
The Story of India: The Power of Ideas
Humpback Whales
Nemesis The Sun Evil Twin
Pandora Promise
Sea Rex Journey to a Prehistoric World
Amazing Africa
Alien Planets Revealed
The Big Freeze
Fascination Coral Reef
Awake The life of Yogananda
March to June
Mysteries of the Moon
A Savage Legacy
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
Where to Invade Next
The story of Energy
Making a Murderer Eighteen Years Lost
A Plastic Ocean
Enigma Man
Operation Stonehenge
Forks Over Knives
More Human Than Human
Inside Einstein Mind

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The Knowledge of Healing
The Knowledge of Healing 1998

The documentary 'The Knowledge of Healing' is an illuminating examination of Tibetan medicine, a practice which has developed over two millennia into a modern day successful method of healing that rivals western medical practices. Unlike Western medicine, based on biochemistry, Tibetan medical thinking (which is strongly rooted in Buddhist principles) views the human body as governed by an elaborately organized system of energies flowing through a network of channels. In the 12th century, the Gyüshi (Knowledge of Healing) was created, a text codifying this intricate system. The medications used comprise herbs, roots, minerals, etc. After flourishing for centuries, most Tibetan medical schools were destroyed by the Chinese in the 1950's and 1960's, and many physicians were executed. Speaking from exile, the Dalai Lama argues for the value of Tibetan medicine, while his personal physician Dr. Tenzin Choedrak describes the principles behind it. We follow physicians in India and Siberia treating patients for a variety of ailments from paralysis to heart disease, and meet researchers in Israel and Switzerland to see how western clinical studies are testing the effectiveness of Tibetan medicine.

Category:Medicine  Duration:01:29:00   

A Passage to India
A Passage to India 2004

Travelling from K2 in Pakistan to Ladakh in India. It is a short distance as the crow flies but, due to politics, a huge loop. He passes through the Sikh city of Amritsar, with its Golden Temple, and through Shimla with its Vice Regal Lodge, Gaiety Theatre and cosy half-timbered tea-houses. He then meets the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, where the Tibetan government is in exile.

Category:Nature  Duration:59:00   Series: Himalaya with Michael Palin

The Buddha
The Buddha 2010

After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from India who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. He remains one of the most legendary and influential of all religious progenitors, but what of his actual life? In this biographical documentary, director David Grubin tells the historical tale of Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC), from his initial enlightenment through his death around the age of 80. In the process, Grubin makes an unusual point: that Gautama never once claimed to be God or God's emissary, but instead sought to find a way to bring peace and alleviation from suffering to others in a cruel and often insane world. In telling this story, Grubin combines a number of elements including original animations, testimony by contemporary Buddhists such as the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, glimpses of sculptures and paintings that help tell Gautama's story, and much more. Narrated by Richard Gere

Category:History  Duration:1:54:52   

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