buy the DVD at http://www.shoppbs.org/entry.point?entry=3407489&source=PBSCS_YOUTUBE_SIND600:N:DGR:N:N:209:QPBS The Power of Ideas / The Life of the Buddha http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia PBS Airdate: Mondays 5th, 12th and 19th January 2009 at 9pm (check local listings) Michael Wood's fascinating journey through the history of the Indian subcontinent chronicles the incredible richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes; the originality and continuing relevance of its ideas and tells the tale of some of the most momentous and moving events in world history. Beginning with incredible images of a Jain festival that takes place once every twelve years, Wood follows the life of the Buddha, describes the invasion of India by Alexander the Great and ends with the birth of the first great Indian empire. The theme of the episode is the power of ideas in Indian history and Michael Wood explains why Buddhism is still relevant today.
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