Wendy Garling will speak about her new book, The Woman Who Raised the Buddha, on Thursday, April 15th at 5:00pm MT on Zoom. She will be in conversation with Amelia Hall for this special event. Tickets for this event are $5 (plus a small convenience fee) and are available on Eventbrite HERE or by clicking the button below.
About the Book:
Mahaprajapati was the only mother the Buddha ever knew. His birth mother, Maya, died shortly after childbirth, and her sister Mahaprajapati took the infant to her breast, nurturing and raising him into adulthood. While there is a lot of ambiguity overall in the Buddha's biography, this detail remains consistent across all Buddhist traditions and literature.
In this first full biography of Mahaprajapati, The Woman Who Raised the Buddha presents her life story, with attention to her early years as sister, queen, matriarch, and mother, as well as her later years as a nun. Drawing from story fragments and canonical records, Wendy Garling reveals just how exceptional Mahaprajapati's role was as leader of the first generation of Buddhist women, helping the Buddha establish an equal community of lay and monastic women and men. Mother to the Buddha, mother to early Buddhist women, mother to the Buddhist faith, Mahaprajapati's journey is finally presented as one interwoven with the founding of Buddhism.
IMPORTANT TICKETING AND EVENT INFORMATION
*Tickets are $5 (plus a small convenience fee) for the access link to this virtual event. This access link will be sent 24 hours before the event.
* The virtual event begins at 4:00pm PT / 5:00 pm MT / 7:00pm ET and will last about one hour. If you have issues during the event or if you'd like to ask a question during the Q&A portion, please email your questions to BBSVirtualEvents@gmail.com.
*The Woman Who Raised the Buddha is available to purchase from Boulder Book Store. A code will be sent to you after purchasing a ticket to this virtual event that is good for $5 off the books at checkout. Email BBSVirtualEvents@gmail.com if you don't receive your code.