Yasodhara and the Buddha – Book Reading and Discussion

Join us for this event at 10am MT,  immediately follow our Sunday morning 9am sit in our Virtual Zendo.

This well-researched novel is about Yasodhara, the wife of Siddhartha, Shakyamuni, imagines her experience from a feminist perspective.

Since this event is a discussion about the book, Vanessa asks that attendees read some or all of the novel prior to attending. Yasodhara is available for purchase on Amazon.com.  Please get the updated Bloomsbury Edition.

Attend the event at this link:   sit.mountaincloud.org

Vanessa Sasson is a professor of Religious Studies at Marianopolis College where she has been teaching since 1999. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State in South Africa and a Research Member of CERIAS at UQAM.

Sasson is the author and editor of a number of academic books, most notably a collection entitled Little Buddhas: Children and Childhood in Buddhist Texts and Traditions (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her most recent academic book, scheduled to appear in the Fall of 2021, is an edited volume entitled Jewels, Jewelry, and Other Shiny Things in the Buddhist Imaginary (University of Hawaii Press).

A few years ago, Sasson tried something new and converted her research into a novel. The book, Yasodhara, was the outcome. She found creative writing to be both liberating and delightful (and agonizing). She is now writing the sequel to Yasodhara, which is focused on Gotami’s request for ordination.

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