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‘The Life of Buddha’ shows twice

The life and philosophy of a religious leader is showcased in the award-winning new documentary feature “The Life of Buddha,” showing Sunday at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Martin Meissonnier’s “The Life of Buddha” separates fact from fiction as it traces the physical and spiritual odyssey of Gautama Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian price who, at the age of 29, left his family and riches for a simple life devoted to the pursuit of truth. After six years, his long-awaited enlightenment occurred under a bodhi tree in Bihar, India, where the Four Noble Truths were revealed to him, transforming him into Sakyamuni Buddha (“The Enlightened One”).

His remaining years were devoted to traveling throughout northern India, promoting the advancement of compassion, the elimination of suffering and the attainment of Nirvana. He died in 483 B.C.

“The Life of Buddha” (90 minutes, rated G) won the Grand Prize at the Trieste Film Festival and the Golden Lion at the Berlin Film Festival. It will screen Sunday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. The center is at 314 W. Main St. Call 274-3100 for any questions.

– The Union staff

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