Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation

This is the English site of the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation. The BOS is the first independent Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation in the west to produce and broadcast buddhist programs within a country's Public Broadcasting System.

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Writer Henk van Straten meets ‘punk buddhist’ Brad Warner, zen teacher and writer of 'Hardcore Zen' and 'There is no God (and he is always with you)'. A conversation about a shared passion for punk and hardcore, and what those have to do with Buddhism.


Watch BOS Buddhist documentaries in English

The BOS has made hundreds of movies. Our programs are made for a wide audience. About Buddhism, or made from a Buddhist point of view. We have made a selection of our programmes available online for an international audience. With English subtitles. Watch them here. Interested in showing them? Get in touch with the BOS to license them.  

Zen Brush Mind

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A portrait of zenmaster, painter, calligrapher, writer, translator and peace activist Kazuaki Tanahashi. The movie explores the motives behind his international activism en his dialogue between East and West.

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Beyond Hearing and Seeing 

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Zen buddhist Marloes Lasker has a rare disease called Usher Syndrome; she is born deaf and she is also increasingly visually impaired. In this portrait she speaks candidly about her disease.

Watch Beyond Hearing and Seeing





The Far East in the West

tv_andre-vd-braak.jpg Zenbuddhist André van der Braak is the first Professor in the field of Buddhist Philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam. A signal of a small, controversial revolution. We followed him during his first steps on a journey form Beijing to Amsterdam, and from Buddha to Nietzsche.

Watch The Far East in the West


Sri Lanka, The Damaged Paradise

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Sri Lanka is the only country where Buddhism has sustained in society from the very beginning, uninterrupted. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka has been trough a violent civil war in the past between the Buddhist Sinaglese majority and the Hindu Tamil minority. How come?

Watch Sri Lanka, The Damaged Paradise



Demons Of The New Freedom

Monnik_U_Panda_met_zijn_kat_300.jpg A documentary about the Buddhist violence against the Muslim minority in Myanmar (Burma). An activist monk and a young interfaith campaigner try to stop the xenophobia. According to the two main characters, the democratic future of their country is at stake.

Watch Demons Of The New Freedom





Sarah's Night

tv_sarahs_nacht_01_web.jpg Sarah is suffering  from insomnia because she misses her mom. Her mom is very sick and hasn’t been able to take care of her since she was five. The question now is whether she can stay in her foster home. Will she accept that she can never go back to her mother, and will that be the solution to her insomnia?

Watch Sarah's Night



Living in Harmony

tv_dialoog_met_de_natuur.jpg What is the meaning of nature? Are we becoming strangers in relation to nature? What is needed for a sustainable future? In the film ecologist and philosopher Matthijs Schouten talks about these questions with great Dutch thinkers, scientists, journalists and an astronaut.

Watch Living in Harmony




Modern Monks 1 - The Passion

MODERN_MONKS_FRED_01.jpg Seven monks and nuns and their Zen master Kosen share how zen has formed their lives and what buddhist practice means to them. Master Kozen represents the Soto Zen tradtion in Europe and South-America, following the footsteps of master Taisen Deshimaru from Japan. There is no blueprint for monastic life in the year 2014.

Watch Modern Monks 1 - The Passion


Modern Monks 2 - The Wish

Seven monks and nuns and their Zen master Kosen share how zen has formed their lives and what buddhist practice means to them. Master Kozen represents the Soto Zen tradtion in Europe and South-America, following the footsteps of master Taisen Deshimaru from Japan. There is no blueprint for monastic life in the year 2014.

Watch Modern Monks 2 - The Wish



Modern Monks 3 - The Challenge

Ton_2260_01_03402101(1).jpg Seven monks and nuns and their Zen master Kosen share how zen has formed their lives and what buddhist practice means to them. Master Kozen represents the Soto Zen tradtion in Europe and South-America, following the footsteps of master Taisen Deshimaru from Japan. There is no blueprint for monastic life in the year 2014.

Watch Modern Monks 3 - The Challenge


Ready for Death

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How do we really deal with the thought of dying? With the fact that in one hundred years probably nobody remembers that you have ever lived? Filmmaker Rob Smits searches for answers.

Watch Ready for Death




In the Spirit of Zen

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A portrait of Irène Kaigetsu Kyojo Bakker. The transformation of a strong woman from a happy mother into an extraordinary Zen teacher, who translates Buddhist insight into social commitment.

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The Best is Yet To Come

renee_wilna_span_300.jpg With the only picture she has of her father, Renée Wilna Span embarks in her past: a childhood without her father, the Frisian musician Frans Span, who drowned at a young age. How important is it to know your origins?

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Hear This

Ttv_moet_je_horen_01.jpg ristan would like his father to be the coach for his soccer team. But his dad is deaf, and Tristan's club isn't keen on that. For Tristan that is hard to take.
After all, his father is on the Dutch national soccer team for the deaf and he knows everything about the game!

Watch Hear This






Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen is Back

tv_cohen_med.jpg In this documentary Cohen tells about his life, his memories, why he lives at the Zen Center. He suggests that some kind of a circle has been closed and now he can do something else

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The Four Noble Truths

bootganges_300(1).jpg Twenty free thinkers; journalists, scientists and artists, from all over the world will meet in Sarnath, India to discuss about The Four Noble Truth in their life and the value it still has now a days for the suffering in the world.

Watch The Four Noble Truths




Comings & Goings 1

tv_doen_en_laten_2_anneloor.jpg What´s the influence of stress on our relationships and ourselfves? Comings & Goings is a film about our modern society that makes us believe that standing still is equal to decline.

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Comings & Goings 2

tv_doen_en_laten_02.jpg What´s the influence of stress on our relationships and ourselfves? Comings & Goings is a film about our modern society that makes us believe that standing still is equal to decline.

Watch Comings & Goings 2




Comings & Goings 3


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What´s the influence of stress on our relationships and ourselfves? Comings & Goings is a film about our modern society that makes us believe that standing still is equal to decline.

Watch Comings & Goings 3






The Dalai Lama in The Netherlands

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The Dalai Lama, the 78 year old spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, visited the Netherlands from 10 till 12 May 2014.

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Cees Nooteboom. Pilgrim In Japan

tv_nooteboom__Simone_Sassen_300.jpg Cees Nooteboom wrote his book Saigoku about the 33-temple pilgrimage in the wide surroundings of Kyoto. What did the famous Dutch writer find on his path?

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Everything will be different

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Esther (40) is pregnant with her first child. Marie-Louise (61) is incurably ill. Although the women are travelling in opposite directions, there are many similarities too. They are preparing for an incomprehensible and grand event they have little control over. They grow increasingly dependent on the care of others and are thrown back upon themselves. The film crawls inside the head of these two women and shares their changing worlds with the viewer.

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Dalai Lama: the Oneness of Humanity

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Since the 14th Dalai Lama’s transition from politcal to spiritual leader of Tibet, he frequently addresses the Oneness of humanity and the benefit of introducing buddhist values in our education. He points out that these should not be seen as religion, as the urgency of an ethical turning point might have bigger impact when secular based.

Watch Dalai Lama: the Oneness of Humanity