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As part seven of the Joseph Campbell's Mythos series, this video explains the history and origin of Buddhism. Through stories of Buddha's life and the teachings of other Buddhists, Campbell explains the basic philosophy of Buddhism and identifies its two branches, Theraveda (or Hinayana) and Mahayana. He also compares Buddhism to Taoism and Confucianism, and shows how these traditions became known to the West. Oscar Award winning actress Susan Sarandon hosts. ~ Ed Atkinson, Rovi