September 16, 2017 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone

Talking Dharma

Author Event and Reading with James Coleman, Lama Palden, and Wendy Garling

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of conversation with James Coleman, Lama Palden and Wendy Garling, authors of two important new Dharma books:

  • The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness and Awakened Nature by James Coleman, with chapters by Lama Palden and Rebbe Anderson and
  • Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life by Wendy Garling

Please join us for this enlightening and informative afternoon.



James Coleman and Lama Palden will discuss The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness and Awakened Nature, which guides the reader through full range of the Buddha’s great teachings. Known as the three turnings of the wheel, these teachings introduced such concepts as the four noble truths and emptiness, which would revolutionize religious and philosophical thinking. These three levels of profound teachings offer an important message to the modern world struggling to understand and live a meaningful life within the many complexities and paradoxes of being human.

“In The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation, James William Coleman, author of The New Buddhism, writes with power and precision on a subject of great contemporary importance: the three turnings of the Dharma wheel. This beautifully written meditation on the great sutras is both a succinct explanation of the founding tenets of Buddhism and a profound reflection upon the evolution of those ideas through time. Novices and religious scholars alike will be both taught and inspired by this wonderful book. Buddhism brought up-to- date and returned to its sources!” —Robert Inchausti author of Thomas Merton’s American Prophecy and Subversive Orthodoxy


Wendy Garling will discuss her process in creating the new biography of the Buddha, Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life. In this work, lesser-known stories about the women in his life are for the first time woven into a coherent narrative that follows him from birth to his parinirvana or death. Drawing from ancient Sanskrit and Pali sources, these “forgotten” women’s stories offer original insights, fresh interpretations, and bold challenges to the status quo. This new narrative suggests a paradigm shift away from the conventionally patriarchal to a more accurate, gender-balanced understanding of the roots of Buddhism.

“Wendy Garling’s Stars at Dawn is a beautiful telling of the moving stories of the many important women in the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Shakyamuni Buddha. …Garling shows us from mostly original sources how women had determining agency in creating the Buddhist movement on this planet, in this era, skillfully helping us extricate ourselves from the patriarchal version where a lone man supposedly produced perfect enlightenment on his own and started a major transformation in history all alone. She has rendered us all, Buddhists and others, a great service; her book should be a must-read in courses on Buddhism and by anyone who wants to understand the Buddha.”—Robert Thurman, Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University



Location: Sukhasiddhi Center, Fairfax CA.

Cost: No Charge

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