The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal

The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal

by Dena Moes


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Dena was a busy midwife trapped on the hamster wheel of working motherhood. Adam was an eccentric Buddhist yogi passing as a hard-working dad. Bella was fourteen and wanted to be normal. Sophia was up for anything that involved skipping school. Together, they shouldered backpacks, walked away from their California life of all-night births, carpool schedules, and Cal Skate, and criss-crossed India and Nepal for eight months—a journey that led them to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tree where the Buddha sat, and the arms of Amma the Divine Mother. From the banks of the Ganges to the Himalayan roof of the world, this enthralling memoir is an unforgettable odyssey, a moving meditation on modern family life, and a spiritual quest, written with humor and honesty—and filled with love and awe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525612
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 243,460
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dena Moes is a Hollywood-born, Yale-educated nurse-midwife with a BA in literature. Dena has been a practicing midwife for eighteen years but leaves town each summer for family travel. Her family attends Rainbow Gatherings and Burning Man, and tours the West Coast festival circuit as the Moes Family Band. They always come home in time for school to start—except in 2014, when they went to India for a year. Moes is a songwriter whose work is showcased by the Moes Family Band. She has had articles and essays published in Midwifery Today, Shasta Parent , and Minerva Rising. Her work is in Demeter Press’s anthology Travellin’ Mama. She is currently gestating her next book, Rebel Midwife. More information can be found at

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The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 18 days ago
Reviewed by Cindy Bowles for Readers' Favorite What do you get when you mix together a nurse midwife that delivers successful homebirths, a hippie herbalist-acupuncture clinician-Buddhist husband, a teenager rising to the heights of school popularity, and an artistic dyslexic preteen? You get the Adam & Dena Moes Family on a backpacking adventure of a lifetime throughout India, learning what is most important in life! The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal is the true story of an 8-month trek around India, where Dena, Adam, Bella and young Sophia Moes climb to their highest Himalayan peaks of exhilaration and the lowest Kullu valleys of family pain while experiencing the colorful culture and existence in the varied people of India, their crowded communities, sacred cows, and the Buddhist way of life. Dena, Bella, and Sophia finally witness firsthand the powerful draw that Buddhist teachers and teachings bring to their husband and father, Adam, and begin to understand and even accept the wisdom and peace that it carries into their own hectic, modern lives. In a delightfully descriptive memoir of their family’s experiences, this book gives a vivid insight into the beauty and complexity of India, Buddhist philosophy, and family relationships. It is highly educational in history, ideologies, culture, and even in the resolving of issues and conflict…all within a witty, yet heartwarming tale woven by author Dena Moes. The reader is easily pulled into their adventurous saga while visualizing the eventful struggles and restful realities of their journey. If you have ever thought of traveling to the east, especially to India, this hopeful, marvelous memoir, The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal by Dena Moes, brings the “possibilities” to life for you and is highly recommended!
lee2staes 4 months ago
This is a very inspirational book. The writing is awesome, funny and magical. I really enjoyed their journey. The journey of a lifetime. I highly recommend this one. Advance reader copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.