Buddha's Wife

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Buddha's Wife is a novel about compassion, inspiration and forgiveness.What happened to Yasodhara and her infant son son, Rahula, after her husband (Siddhartha) left her sleeping in the middle of the night to seek enlightenment? As Yasodhara lies close to death and shares her experiences as a young girl, a wife, a parent and then a nun, her son Rahula, who has been in self-imposed exile in Sri Lanka, attempts a perilous journey with his wife and child to reach his mother before she dies and releases the secrets ...

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Overview

Buddha's Wife is a novel about compassion, inspiration and forgiveness.What happened to Yasodhara and her infant son son, Rahula, after her husband (Siddhartha) left her sleeping in the middle of the night to seek enlightenment? As Yasodhara lies close to death and shares her experiences as a young girl, a wife, a parent and then a nun, her son Rahula, who has been in self-imposed exile in Sri Lanka, attempts a perilous journey with his wife and child to reach his mother before she dies and releases the secrets about his father that he's kept buried inside. Will Rahula and the other woman in Siddhartha's life reach Yasodhara in time to ask for forgiveness? Can anyone ever forgive the unforgivable? Buddha's Wife tells a fascinating story, little known in the west, about the woman whom Buddha left behind. Gabriel Constans focuses the reader's attention on the strong and complicated women who surrounded Buddha and makes us re-think the nature of spiritual life.-Chitra Divakaruni

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Amazon - Drew Field
Gabriel Constans brings us into the inner circle surrounding a magnificent woman in her dying days.
"Buddha's Wife" can be read at many levels. It is the captivating story of Yasodhara's own spiritual rebirth in the face of adversity, as well as a fresh perspective on the founder of Buddhism and his all-too-human shortcomings. Most of all, "Buddha's Wife" brings us an intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman practicing forgiveness, love and wisdom in the day to day challenges of her life
Book Cover - Chitra Divakaruni
Buddha's Wife tells a fascinating story, little known in the west, about the woman whom Buddha left behind. Gabriel Constans focuses the reader's attention on the strong and complicated women who surrounded Buddha and makes us rethink the nature of spiritual life.
Book Cover - bell hooks
This book is an awesome read, insightful, woman loving - a challenge to all spiritual seekers to rethink, re-vise, and dream anew.
Amazon - Martha Jette
Every so often, a book comes into your hands that touches you - I mean really touches you - deep in your heart.
Gabriel Constans writes with great sensitivity about the pain and suffering of this woman both during her life and as she lays on her deathbed looking back over her earthly existence. But it's not all misery, as the author lightens the reader's load with a little female humor graciously sprinkled throughout.
This really is a book that captivates and fascinates.
Book Cover - Katherine Thanas
"Buddha's Wife" is a novel about compassion, inspiration, and forgiveness. What happened to Yasodhara and her newborn son, Rahula, after her husband (Siddhartha, a.k.a. Buddha) left her sleeping in the middle of the night to seek enlightenment?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934759295
  • Publisher: Reed, Robert D. Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel is a freelance journalist who writes for magazines and newspapers throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. Other passions (besides his five children, grandchild and wife) are raising funds for the Rwandan Orphans Project in Kigali. For further information about Gabriel and Rwanda, please visit www.gogabriel.com

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Princess Yasodhara and Her Son Rahula

    "Buddha's Wife" is a brilliant contribution to the genre of literary fiction. Gabriel Constans combines traditional stories of the heroism of Siddhartha (Buddha) with an imaginary fictional account of the story of Yasodhara and her son Rahula.

    Yasodhara narrates her story. Hers is a story of birth into royal lineage and of then choosing poverty for love. She tells of the happiness of her early marriage and the birth of her son. This is followed by the experience of "drowning in sorrow" after her husband, Siddhartha, betrayed her and deserted them to pursue a life of "enlightenment."

    Constans beautifully recreates Yasodhara's life to draw attention to the women around Buddha, to encourage the reader to rethink the spiritual implication and the injustice of inequality within the caste system. This inequality has yet to be resolved today, both in society and in religion. He exposes the inconsistency of religious men and expresses the emotions of Yasodhara's brother as he is "locked behind his daunting exterior of privilege."

    Constans' writing reveals an amazing insight into the emotions of the heart. He puts into words the fear and pain of rejected love. He describes the price and sacrifice of following one's heart. He paints word pictures of the smoldering poison of hatred, of love turned to loathing, and of the gift of freedom found in forgiveness.

    Each of the characters share an important role in calling attention to the nature of genuine religion, evidenced by Godlike attributes and character. "Buddha's Wife" is inspiring, and fervent, written with sensitivity.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

    Good idea, but poorly constructed and too loose with history. Missing all the inspiration...

    As a Buddhist female, I bought this book with enthusiasm. "Ah, more about the females in early Buddhist history!" I was quite disappointed. It appears to be ccompletely fictional, which would be okay if that were clearly stated [one word on back]. But even then, because of its poor construction, it fails to grab the reader or to inspire with any clear sense of the female characters. And I felt it was far off the mark in understanding Buddhist views on the faults of attachment and the meaning of universal love and compassion.

    On top of that, it was poorly edited. I found several spelling and grammar errors.

    I had planned to pass this book around to all my friends. Now it will probably end up in the trash. As a Buddhist who has no wish to cause distress, I am sorry to be so blunt, but I feel this book does a disservice to the women of Buddhism. Although Constan's intention may have been good, I'd prefer it off the market.

    My only happy thought is that the profits from my purchase will hopefully go to his cause of raising funds for Rwandan Orphans Project

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