Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha's Life by Wendy Garling

From December 02, 2017 10:00 am until 12:00 pm


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.

Review of Wendy's Book:

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

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Upcoming Talks:

February 17 - March 2, 2018, Pilgrimage in India and Nepal, "In the Footsteps of the Buddha, with Stories of Buddhism's First Women," with Shantum Seth and Wendy Garling  (For More information:


Meeting Number:198 258 515
Audio Connection: +1-415-655-0001