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Review the life of the Buddha, an Indian sage who gained enlightenment.

buddha_head_hero Head of the Buddha, Thailand. (PHOTO: PBS)

Richard Gere narrates this documentary, which tells the story of the life of the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too.

The Buddha, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS.

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