March 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone

Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in Buddha’s Life

Author Event and Reading with Wendy Garling

Sunday, March 12th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of tea and conversation as our guest Wendy Garling discusses her new book, Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life.

In this breakthrough new biography of the Buddha, 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.

In weaving a new narrative, Garling suggests a paradigm shift away from the conventionally patriarchal to a more accurate, gender-balanced understanding of the roots of Buddhism. Focusing first on laywomen from the time before the Buddha’s enlightenment: his birth mother and stepmother, co-wives, and members of his harem when he was known as Prince Siddhartha, then moving on to the Buddha’s first female disciples, early nuns, and to female patrons, Garling invites us to open our minds to a new understanding of their essential roles in the Buddha’s life and in early Buddhism.

“Garling unravels the androcentric and misogynistic knots in the fabric of the Buddha’s life story, and then reweaves a new narrative that highlights and honors the many roles women played in the early days of Buddhism.” –Tricycle, September, 2016

“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…. 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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Wendy Garling is a writer, mother and independent scholar with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and authorized dharma teacher, she took refuge with HH the 16th Karmapa in San Francisco in 1976 and soon after met her root lama, Ven. Geshe Thubten Loden. A resident of Boston, she has traveled for personal retreats and pilgrimages in Tibet, India and Nepal.

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