OBLONG ONLINE: Barbara McHugh, "Bride of the Buddha," in conversation with Elizabeth Cunningham

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Crowdcast

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Barbara McHugh will talk with author Elizabeth Cunningham about her new novel Bride of the Buddha, a page-turner about a woman’s struggle in an unapologetic religious patriarchy.

Barbara McHughBride of the Buddha by Barbara McHughElizabeth Cunningham

Bride of the Buddha is the story of Yasodhara, the abandoned wife of the Buddha. Facing society’s challenges, she transforms her rage into devotion to the path of liberation. Concealing her gender, she joins the monastic community and becomes the Buddha’s closest confidant, known in the scriptures as Ananda. She/he is the one who persuades the Buddha to allow women to join the order and attains awakening just in time to guide the council in preserving the Buddha’s teachings.

Barbara McHugh, PhD, is a Buddhist practitioner with a degree in religion and literature from UC Berkeley. She is a published poet, writing coach, and book doctor. Her research for this book includes exhaustive study of Pali texts in translation and onsite explorations in India.

Elizabeth Cunningham is best known as the author of The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen. 


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