The Buddha's Wife

The Buddha's Wife

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As the category of womena€™s spirituality continues to grow, The Buddhaa€™s Wife offers to a broad audience for the first time the intimate and profound story of Princess Yasodhara, the wife Buddha left behind, and her alternative journey to spiritual enlightenment. What do we know of the wife and child the Buddha abandoned when he went off to seek his enlightenment? The Buddhaa€™s Wife brings this rarely told story to the forefront, offering a nuanced portrait of this compelling and compassionate figure while also examining the practical applications her teachings have on our modern lives. Princess Yasodharaa€™s journey is one full of loss, grief, and suffering. But through it, she discovered her own enlightenment within the deep bonds of community and a€œordinarya€ relationships. While traditional Buddhism emphasizes solitary meditation, Yasodharaa€™s experience speaks of a€œThe Path of Right Relation, a€ of achieving awareness not alone but together with others. The Buddhaa€™s Wife is comprised of two parts: the first part is a historical narrative of Yasodharaa€™s fascinating story, and the second part is a a€œhow-toa€ readera€™s companion filled with life lessons, practices, and reflections for the modern seeker. Her story provides a relational path, one which speaks directly to our everyday lives and offers a doorway to profound spiritual maturation, awakening, and wisdom beyond the solitary, heroic journey.2. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a€œHorizontal Friendship, a€ lecture, Spiritual Friendship, (August 4, 2008). 3. Ellen Goodman and Patricia Oa#39;Brien, I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Womena#39;s Lives (New York: Firesideanbsp;...

Title:The Buddha's Wife
Author: Janet Surrey, Samuel Shem
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2015-06-30

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