COMPASSION AND WISDOM:

A GUIDE TO THE BODHISATTVA'S WAY OF LIFE
                                       A FILM BY JAMES ZITO

NARRATED BY PETER COYOTE "Compassion and Wisdom" is a groundbreaking Buddhist film which combines interviews with many of the world's greatest Buddhist teachers and scholars with rare and often never before seen footage of Buddhist architecture, painting and sculpture in India, Nepal, Japan and the United States. Produced and directed by James Zito, "Compassion and Wisdom" is a thought provoking documentary examining the ideal of the Bodhisattva which is central to the Buddhism of late India, China,Korea, Tibet and Japan as well as their continuation in American Buddhism today. The Bodhisattva is a being committed to helping all sentient beings reach relative and ultimate happiness. The film includes an indepth examination of the Bodhisattva path and its main components: compassion and wisdom. Also included is a discussion of the relevance of the Bodhisattva ideal to current issues such as pollution of the environment, stress, the care and treatment of the dying and other ways in which Buddhist ideas can have a bearing on modern issues. The film also profiles the great historical Bodhisattva figures such as Avalokiteshvara, Manjusri, Tara, and Jizo still revered and worshipped daily by Millions of Mahayana Buddhists throughout the world. Valuable to both beginners and experienced practitioners "Compassion and Wisdom" serves as a primer for ompassionate living and offers a valuable and beautiful expression of timeless Buddhist ideas.

"The careful editing weaves the themes so closely together and builds a beautiful collage of voices that reinforce and build on each other while continuously setting everything within the practical context of modern life. A masterpiece !" - Professor David Chappell: University of Hawaii.

"The film is excellent conceptually and technically. It deals with some extremely complex subjects in a way that makes them accessible to intelligent 'newcomers' and it's beautiful" - Jean Smith: Author of 365 Zen and other Buddhist titles.