The History of Buddhism is a series of 4 educational documentaries. The movie project is popular science documentary, and its parts are used as a textbook for students of specialized specialties as a unique media source of Russian production at local and international exhibitions and as historical and cultural omformation at festivals of world and oriental art.
HISTORY OF CREATION
The idea of creating a film about the history of Buddhism was suggested by the head of the museum of archeology, ethnography and history of Samara State University, Valentina Zudina. It was at the beginning of the two thousandth. Through her colleague Natalya Perlu, she conveyed the wish to make a film that would intelligibly, clearly and fully present Buddhism to students and museum visitors.
The initiative was supported by Professor Valery Androsov, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In his opinion, such a movie would bring many benefits.
Thus, the first episode appeared, telling about the life of Buddha Shakyamuni and the three levels of his Teaching. The title of the first part was offered to us by Lama Ole Nydahl: “Journey, filled with deep meaning”.
The half-hour film was released in 2011 - and since then it has successfully “worked” at art exhibitions and public lectures, and also serves as a guide for teachers who need information about Buddhism for teaching in high schools the course “Fundamentals of Buddhist Culture”.
We decided to start the second part of the movie project with Russia.
The movie about the history of Buddhism in Russia consists of two parts. Tracing the life of the hero, the viewer will see a period of prosperity of Buddhist teachings in Tsarist Russia and a period of its forced extinction, hear stories about past events and opinions about the future.
In the second series, we will show how the fate of the Kalmyk people developed during the Great Patriotic War, and then we will focus on the modern period of the renewal of Buddhism in the Russian Federation.
THIRD AND FOURTH MOVIE
We did not plan to limit ourselves to one series; The author’s group plans are to study the history of Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, and Japan.