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Examines the historical, doctrinal, literary, social, political, developments that have formed contemporary versions of Buddhism, East and West. In all this Buddhism is predicated as an inhabited and relevant action-influencing worldview.
This video describes Japan under the Kamakura and Ashikage shogunates and covers the influence of Zen Buddhism in the culture of the period. It also relates Chinese history under the rule of Kublai Khan.
In this film, the Dalai Lama summarizes the essence of the Mahayana path as the unified practice of compassion and wisdom, and follows this with practical advice to westerners practicing Dharma and concludes by answering questions from the audience.