Journey into Buddhism Prajna Earth (Cambodia, Bali, Java – full documentary)


Borobudur (Photo credit: Arian Zwegers)

Published on Jan 24, 2013

Prajna (prahj-nah, as in Taj) is the Sanskrit word for radiant wisdom. Essential to Buddhist and Hindu understanding, prajna is the indwelling wisdom within every being suffused with compassion.

Filmed entirely on location In SE Asia by director John Bush, this second film of this trilogy is a stunning cinematic journey to the legendary temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the spiritual sites of Bali and finally the marvel of Buddhist Borobudur in Java. PRAJNA EARTH is a pilgrimage to sacred intersections where Buddhism meets its sources – the
Hindu wisdom traditions and the animist worship of nature.

Monks & nuns travel on foot for days to reach a full moon gathering near Angkor Wat – the largest temple in the world. Discover the mystery of Angkor’s vanished civilization and explore magnificent temples returning to the overgrown jungle. The dance of the Devatas celebrates the rebirth of this classic art form within the cultural healing of war-torn Cambodia.

As the journey moves to Bali – gamelan music, Ramayana dance and lively street processions are featured in the hill town of Ubud. High in the misty mountains within a volcanic crater lies a timeless lake holding a Devi temple. Colorful festivals, gilded temples, cave shrines, rice terraces, lotus ponds and holy springs are all part of this visit to a sacred world.

In Java, a night of animist trance dance and spirit possession is followed by a golden dawn and ascent up the startling seven level stupa of Borobudur. Made from over a million blocks of volcanic rock, this man-made mountain is covered with extraordinary bas reliefs of Buddhist teachings. Built in the 9th century as a vast device for enlightenment, Borobudur is one of the world’s great wonders.

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