Deep listening

“The practice of deep listening to the honest, vibrating details of another’s life story can open hearts into connection.” (p. xvi, The Buddha’s Wife) Deep mindful listening means to listen without judgment and interruption. In relationships that foster deep listening...

Piercing the heart

“Breaking through, piercing the heart of each to each other so that there is nothing else but compassion.” (p. 60, The Buddha’s Wife) The traumatic image of the drowned Syrian 3-year old, Aylan Kurdi has pierced many, many hearts throughout the world. When the image...

The great ocean of compassion

“What can never be held in the single human heart may be held in the great ocean of shared human compassion.” (p. 6, The Buddha’s Wife) One well-known Buddhist story, commonly referred to as the “mustard seed,” is about a young mother, Kisa Gotami, whose infant son...

The heart of the universe

“We together weave the invisible thread at the heart of the universe that connects us all.” (p. 110, The Buddha’s Wife) This quote appears at the end of the fictional narrative of part one in our book, and these words spoken by Yasodhara are repeated by her spiritual...

The nature of spiritual circles

“When you step into a spiritual circle, you access a sacred space and receive gifts from the natural world, all that lives, breathes, loves, sings—the unending harmony of being.” (p. 151, The Buddha’s Wife) In The Buddha’s Wife, for Princess Yasodhara and her...

What is a relational activist?

“A relational activist understands that only together can we fully live and tap into the power and wisdom of the sangha [community] of all beings.” (p. 260, The Buddha’s Wife) Princess Yasodhara and the women of her circle or sangha became in our book pioneering...