PBS is again offering appointment TV revolving around the Buddha. (You may recall director David Grubin’s 2010 epic, Richard Gere-narrated documentary, The Buddha, which traced the journey of Prince Siddhartha from opulent palace life to full spiritual awakening.) On Tuesday, July 23, a new episode in the series Secrets of the Dead entitled “Bones of the Buddha” will air from 10-11pm EST (check your local listings), preceded by a rebroadcast of The Buddha from 8-10pm EST.
“Bones of the Buddha” tells the tale of rival archaeologists and whether a casket they unearthed contains some of the actual remains of Shakyamuni Buddha as enshrined in a stupa in India nearly 2,600 years ago. Historian Charles Allen (who penned a fascinating book on amateur British Orientalists of the Raj called The Buddha and the Sahibs: The Men Who Uncovered India’s Lost Religion) leads viewers deep into the mystery of whether these relics are an elaborate hoax, or an authentic, priceless treasure.