I am sure there are many people out there who are always searching for something: a life partner, a job, a house, the best place to spend a vacation, .. answers. We have always had questions regarding our life, its meaning, our purpose here and so on. Therefore, I think I speak for many when I say that at some point in life, we all seek the TRUTH.
Nowadays, information is within our reach and is relatively attainable for each of us, whether it is a book, a friendly advice, a course or a documentary. Fortunately, there are plenty of spiritual documentaries out there.
For you to find them easier, here is a list of some of the most important spiritual documentaries, from my point of view, which you can watch online.
1.The God Within
This is a mind-expanding documentary on “conscious cosmology,” covering consciousness, particle physics, the nature of reality, the Big Bang, quantum physics, origins of life, free will, and more.
This documentary is about these amazing men, the magic mountain on which they train, and the philosophy of Tendai Buddhism, which inspires them in their quest for the supreme.
The prize they seek is not a pot of gold, but enlightenment in the here and now.
3. Seven Wonders Of The Buddhist World
Join historian Bettany Hughes as she explores the different beliefs and practices that form the core of the Buddhist philosophy and investigates how Buddhism started and where it traveled to, through visits to seven of the most spectacular monuments built by Buddhists across the globe.
Researched, directed, and produced by Ravi Verma, this documentary has in-depth interviews with several Buddhist scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, B. Alan Wallace, Matthieu Ricard, and Thupten Jinpa.
This film has been shot in India and Nepal, covering all major Buddhist locations of importance.
5. The Road to Armageddon: A Spiritual Documentary
Examines the universal concept of the Apocalypse on an intensely personal and spiritual level, not as the end of the world but as the end of you: your body, your mind and, if you’re not careful, your soul.
6. The Awakening
An independently produced documentary from Max Igan, covering controversial topics and important issues facing humanity.
7. Buddha in Suburbia
Tracks the extraordinary journey of 40-year-old Lelung Rinpoche, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s three principal reincarnations, as he sets out to gather the lost teachings of his faith and to attempt a return to his homeland.
8. Varanasi, India: Beyond
“BEYOND” is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”
In a divided post-9-11 world, first-time filmmaker Ward Powers asks life’s ultimate questions of world-renowned spiritual leaders and ordinary people.
Tells the story of contemporary scientists who are advancing a powerful but controversial idea—the theory of intelligent design.
Is a non-verbal documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of BARAKA.
12. Eu Maior
Is a Brazilian feature-length documentary presenting a fresh look at self-knowledge and the pursuit of happiness. The filmmakers interviewed thirty individuals with distinct backgrounds, including spiritual leaders, intellectuals, artists and professional athletes.
In Towns like Hafnarfjörður and Reykjavik, Iceland a large percent of the population believe in elves, ghosts and other paranormal entities. In fact, many claim to have seen them, and some even claim to engage in frequent contact with them.
This rare documentary is the first outside look at the strange, but seemingly common events that take place on this small, remote island country.
American director Edward A. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China’s forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition.
Join celebrated anthropologist Wade Davis as he tracks indigenous cultures, each unique for the preservation of their customs in the face of modernization.
As he investigates these people heading towards an uncertain future, Davis highlights a fundamental question: what does it mean to be human?
This video is all about Rinzai Zen and Zen in common. It will give you a bit of insight into how Zen is lived in a strict monastery order and how it influenced so many things.
This is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out.
A beautiful film of the old pre-occupation Tibet. The sad occupation by the communist Chinese has almost completely destroyed Tibetan culture. More than 1.5 million Tibetans lost their lives because of the brutal regime of China. A cultural genocide is still going on.
19. Chico Xavier
The history of the Brazilian medium Francisco Cândido Xavier.
Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind, and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique poetic journey, where we encounter remarkable men of medicine or simply a villager who lives in harmony with nature. “Hope is nature’s way of enabling us to survive so that we can discover nature itself.”
In the last fifty years, the culture of Zen has spread far beyond Japan. Zen centers and zen retreats have sprung up throughout America and Europe. When Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen, brought Zen to Japan from China 800 years ago, it quickly took root and became an integral part of Japanese life. Yet what do we know about the zen practice in Japan today? The Zen Mind is a fascinating journey across Japan to explore zen in its natural habitat.
Tuning In is a truly unique spiritual documentary, the result of 10 years of inquiry into the phenomenon of spirit channeling by Los Angeles filmmaker, David Thomas.
Channeling is a practice dating back to antiquity wherein an individual, usually in a trance state, makes a psychic connection with a spirit being. The channeler is then able to act as a dimensional go-between in bringing other humans in contact with the entity, as well as interpreting messages from the entity.
For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.
In this compelling film, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning.
25. The Choice is Ours
Three-part documentary series explores the determinants of behavior to dispel the myth of “human nature” demonstrating that the environment shapes behavior.
More than 50 years ago, the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition was driven from its refuge deep within the Himalayas. This is the story of the long and difficult journey that followed. Told through the lens of one Bön teacher born in exile—Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
28. Destroyer of Illusion – The Secret World of a Tibetan Lama
Filmed on location in Nepal. Unprecedented access and intimate knowledge inform this richly detailed and beautifully filmed portrait of a secret Tibetan Buddhist ritual, the Mani Rimdu festival, and the remarkable spiritual teacher, Trulshik Rinpoche, who leads and preserves this centuries-old tradition.
What happens after we pass from this world? Is there a life after this one? Or do we just disappear forever? These are the questions asked in this powerful and poignant feature documentary, Infinity: The Ultimate Trip. Many may be surprised by the answers.
30. COMING HOME – the cremation of Khandro Lhamo
Her late husband, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, was a distinguished teacher, of among others the Dalai Lama.
He has been reincarnated as the Yangsi or ‘newborn’. The young Yangsi is one of the leaders presiding over the cremation of Khandro Lhamo, who in his past life had been his wife.
31. Bon: Mustang to Menri
This film is about the challenges of Asonam’s journey as a young boy from Mustang to Menri and his return to Mustang as an educated Geshe determined to help his people by supporting the preservation of their cultural heritage and economic sustainability.His story is interwoven with ancient Bon and life at Menri Monastery. With the blessings of HH Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Abbot of Menri Monastery, we are making this film to communicate Bon’s unique place in Tibetan history and to illuminate how and why the work that monks, lamas, and Geshes do it vitally important in the modern world.
32. On the Path of the Buddha: Buddhist Pilgrimage in North India
This educational video follows the path of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world.
33. Eurasia : Ghandhara The Renaissance Of Buddhism
Cameron, ever since he was just a toddler, talks about another family he used to live with, called the Robertsons. Cameron knows the names of his previous family, where they lived, and can even describe the house and the landscape of his previous home on the island of Barra, some 200 miles away.
But Cameron has never been there. Doctor Jim Tucker, of the University of Virginia, and Cameron’s mother travel to Barra with Cameron to find the house, exactly as Cameron described.
37. The Long Search – Buddhism: Footprint of the Buddha
38. Mystic Tibet: An Outer, Inner and Secret Pilgrimage
39. Peter Russell – The Global Brain (1983)
40. Sikkim (1971)
This documentary is the first of two which explore the cave temples found in Mustang, which is now a part of Nepal, though it was previously an independent kingdom.
This is the story of an ancient meditation technique named Vipassana, which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel them toward their own good.It is the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace.
But most of all it is the story of prison inmates who underwent profound change, and who realized that incarceration is not the end but possibly a fresh start toward an improved and more positive life.
Monks of the Gyuto Tantric College perform sacred Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies in a style of chanting that expresses the ecstasy of true meditation.
47. Unmistaken Child
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. UNMISTAKEN CHILD follows the four-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84.
The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa (who had been in his service since the age of seven), to search for his master’s reincarnation.
48. Lo Sfidante
This movie is about the understanding and the overtaking of the set of forces acting on all human beings in order to make them weak, fearful, doubtful, leading to delay rather than to act.
Lo Sfidante – Part II – The Reconquest
The Message of the Tibetans – Tantrism
53. Bruce Lipton – The New Biology
54. Sri Ramana Maharshi – The Sage of Arunachala
The Life and Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. In this 73 minute, professionally produced documentary, the unique life and teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi are artistically unfolded in a chronology of photographs, interviews, narration, and archival film footage.
Follow the Sage from his birth in a small village to his final mortal day, as grieving crowds push in from all sides to have their last darshan. Released after a two-year effort of film restoration, interviews, research, and travel, with narration by John Flynn, a nationally recognized television and film talent, edited by James Hartel and music by internationally famous artists.
55. Language of the Divine Matrix
Recent discoveries reveal dramatic evidence that Planck’s matrix – The Divine Matrix – is real. It is this missing link in our understanding that provides the container for the universe, the bridge between our imagination and our reality, and the mirror in our world for what we create in our beliefs.
To unleash the power of this matrix in our lives, we must understand how it works and speaks the language that it recognizes. For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden, a former senior aerospace computer systems designer, has searched for the understanding to do just that.
56. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull – The Story
57. The Mysterious Origins of Man
58. The Life Of The Buddha
59. Taj Mahal Secrets Blow Your Mind
60. Vedic Cosmology: Mysteries of the Sacred Universe
61. Edgar Cayce – An American Prophet
62. Alchemy – Sacred Secrets Revealed
63. The Holographic Universe
64. Philosophy and the Matrix – Return to the Source
65. Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers
The film is about our world, the modern civilization that eats more than needed. It’s not very much information that is physically showed, it’s the pictures in symbiosis with music that is the real strength in this flick.
The film leans towards anarcho-primitivist ideology and argues for a simple and fulfilling life.
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