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.
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.
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