Presentation, Q&A & Book Signing: Dr. Samuel Shem - "The Buddha's Wife" @ Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute

Event date: 
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
6369 Mill Street
Suite 101
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

This event takes place at Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute of Rhinebeck, 6369 Mill St. (Route 9) Suite 101 Rhinebeck

Admission: FREE

What do we know of the wife and child the Buddha abandoned when he went off to seek his enlightenment? The Buddha’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.

The Buddha’s Wife is comprised of two parts: the first part is a historical narrative of Yasodhara’s fascinating story, and the second part is a “how-to” reader’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.

The Buddha’s Wife is a gripping telling of an amazing 2,500-year-old story, followed by a collection of contemporary inspirational stories, and specific reflections and practices collected from the lives and work of ‘relational activists’ all over the world. A great read and a practical guide for anyone who wants to ‘wake up’ and walk a path of healing with others.” ---Martin Sheen

"Bless you Janet, Sam, and Yashodhara for pointing us in the feminist clarity that we serve best as an ‘I’ in the nest of the ‘we’, being communal at home and the world was the smartest decision of my life. Let's help midwife a loving world." ---Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, doctor, clown and activist for peace and justice

Samuel Shem (a.k.a. Stephen Bergman), MD, is the author of several books of fiction including the bestseller The House of God. Heis a doctor, novelist, playwright, and activist. A Rhodes Scholar, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three decades and founded the Bill W. and Dr. Bob Project in the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. He divides his time between Boston and Tierra Tranquila, Costa Rica. His co author and partner Janet Surrey, PhD, is a Buddhist dharma leader and clinical psychologist internationally known for her work on relational theories of women’s psychological development, diversity, mothering, adoption, and substance abuse. Among other venues, Surrey has taught at Harvard Medical School and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She is the author of several books. Author Image: Katie Surrey-Bergman

Oblong Books & Music will be selling copies of The Buddha's Wife and other titles by the author at this event.

More information:

The Buddha's Wife: The Path of Awakening Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582704180
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atria Books/Beyond Words - June 30th, 2015

The Spirit of the Place Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425258781
Availability: Available in our Warehouse: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - December 4th, 2012

The House of God Cover Image
By Samuel Shem, John Updike (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780425238097
Availability: Available in our Warehouse: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - September 7th, 2010