- Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness (dukkha) in one way or another.
- Suffering is caused by craving. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. Craving also has its negative aspect, i.e. one craves that a certain state of affairs not exist.
- Suffering ends when craving ends. This is achieved by eliminating delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment (bodhi);
- Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha.
In general, movies about Buddhism will either focus on historical events and people, or the applied teachings in an individual’s life. Both types are helpful in understanding Buddhist teachings.
Kundun –Gives an account of the 14th Dalai Lama, his childhood, and the invasion by China which forced his decision to leave Tibet.
Little Buddha – Aside from dealing with a present day situation, the movie also gives a good primer into the life of Buddha.
Milarepa – One of the historical figures in Tibetan Buddhism, this is the first of a two-part movie series.