Most revealing documentaries/ videos/ research on rebirth that you've found?

With the recent discussions on rebirth, I thought it would be interesting to have a similar thread.

I’ve watched a number of documentaries on rebirth (although often incorrectly referred to as reincarnation). However, partly due to the nature of the topic, a lot of them are badly done or aren’t that conclusive. Similarly for written material—which needs to be even more trustworthy, since written text is much more easily tampered with compared to video.

What documentaries/videos/research on rebirth—of which you have watched/read—have you found to be very good?

Please do share them. :slight_smile:
(I’ll post some as well as the thread progresses.)


Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives by Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives by Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Dr. Ian Stevenson

Consciousness Beyond Life by Dr. Pim van Lommel


There might be further resources here:

and elsewhere on D & D, particularly in the AV category.

Here’s a session from the last Global Conference on Buddhism held in Perth, WA, which might also prove interesting.

1st speaker: one of the most compelling cases I’ve ever heard.

2nd speaker: around the 30 minute mark it get’s very interesting.

3rd speaker: Professor Benard Carr - totally worth a listen :slight_smile:

4th speaker: love the flower pot experiment - around about the 1 hour, 4 minute mark.


Here is the story and recordings of a 3-year-old boy from Sri Lanka called Dhammaruwan, who would spontaneously recite Pāli chanting, for long durations of time, without speaking Pāli, and all from memory.

This the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which is recorded quite well—and which might cause shivers to go down your spine! :slight_smile:

URL (right-click and ‘Save As’ if you want to keep it):

Here are (I think) all the recordings of Dhammaruwan: (middle of page)

Dhammaruwan’s story from the above website:

Dhammaruwan was born in a small village near Kandy, Sri Lanka in November, 1968. From the age of about two, before he could read or write, he spontaneously started to chant the ancient Buddhist scriptures in the original Pāli language, known only to a few scholar monks.

Each day, somewhere around two o’clock in the morning, after sitting in meditation with his adopted and devoted Buddhist foster father for about twenty to forty minutes, he would spontaneously start to chant Pāli suttas. On the Poya or lunar Observance day, he would sometimes chant for two hours.

Dhammaruwan’s foster father started making amateur recording of the chanting and invited prominent scholar monk to listen. The monk verified that it was indeed the ancient Pāli language and the boy were chanting it in an ancient style which no longer existed in world.


Here is a very good rebirth documentary, about a boy named Cameron Macauley, called The Boy Who Lived Before.


Re: Dhammaruwan, I thought it would be worth mentioning that Ven Anālayo has done a really interesting study of Dhammaruwan’s chanting in his forthcoming book. I think this has been posted elsewhere but since not everyone reads all the discussions, I thought I’d post here for those who may be interested.


Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA