Buddha’s Wife, by Gabriel Constans
Category: Fiction
Soft cover, 192 pages, $14.94
Publication Date: August 24, 2009
World Rights Available

A Novel by Gabriel Constans

Past Events:

The Donna Seebo Show

Talk about novel Buddha's Wife

  • Date: March 30, 2011
  • Time: 3:00 - 3:30 pm (PST)

Listen on BBS Radio Station 1

"Donna was very insightful and had clearly read the book thoroughly.
She shared her thoughts and asked me about how the novel came to be."

November 2nd, 2010
10:00 a.m. PST
Conscious Discussions with Lillian Brummet
Victoria, British Columbia

Talked with Lillian Brummet about work in prisons, writing, Rwanda and the Rwandan Orphans Project. Great host. Listen to the show.

Conversation on Synchronicity:

Listen to a conversation about Buddha’s Wife with host Marie Benard and Gabriel Constans on Synchronicity: Talk Radio for your Mind, Body and Soul - "The #1 spirituality and wellness radio show in the WORLD"

Host Marie Bernard was excellent with her questions and helped us explore the different key issues that arise in the story. It was a pleasure.
You can listen to the interview or learn more about the program at http://www.spiritualshow.com/

The Author's Radio Show

Interview about Buddha’s Wife with host Don McCauley. Listen to the taped interview at The Author's Show

  • Date: August 9th., 2010.
  • Interview taped.

Interview in S.F. Examiner:

Single Parent - what became of Buddha's Wife? Examiner.com San Francisco. July 14, 2010. Interview with Kala Ambrose on Kala's Quick Five.

Sacramento City College- May 3rd, 2010

Discussion of Buddha’s Wife and Women in Religious Life at Cultural Awareness Center (Student Center at Sacramento City College). For information call 916-558-2575.

  • Location: Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA. 95820
  • Time: 12:00pm (noon).

Sacramento City College in Davis - May 3rd, 2010

Buddha’s Wife presentation at Outreach Center. (Sacramento City College in Davis). For information call 530-747-5200.

  • Location: Sacramento City College in Davis, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite B, Davis, CA. 95616
  • Time: 3:00pm.

Had a great experience at the Cultural Awareness Center at Sacramento City College. People were beautiful, both inside and out. Many kindred spirits and insightful perspectives.

Naropa University - April 20th, 2010

Discuss the novel Buddha’s Wife and women in Buddhist literature and spiritual life.

  • Location: Naropa University, Paramita Campus, Virya Hall, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO. 80302.
  • Time: 7:00 pm (MST).

Thank you Leslie and Jeannie for your wonderful hospitality in Boulder and for the privileage of getting to know you a little better. I appreciate your work, your commitment, your insights, honesty and big hearts.

Border's Bookstore - February 25th, 2010

The novel Buddha’s Wife will be presented by Gabriel Constans at Borders Bookstore in San Diego.

  • Location: Borders Bookstore 668 6th. Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 (Phone: 619-702-4200).
  • Time: 7:00 pm (PST).

Enjoyed meeting Stateside with San Diego friends who we traveled to Rwanda with at Borders on Thursday and the small group of people that turned out to discuss Buddha’s Wife. It was a nice surprise to hear several in attendance say that their book clubs were reading and enjoying the book. We also discussed gender differences and the questions surrounding the debate about learned or inherited behavior of females and males.

Buddha's Wife by Gabriel Constans, Ph.D. (1988 Alumni). My Union. February, 2010.

Dr. Gabriel Constans’s book, Buddha’s Wife, was published in August 2009 by Robert Reed Publishers and has received several excellent reviews from such publications as the Midwest Book Review and San Francisco Chronicle. The book features an inspirational story about friendship, family, loss, love and forgiveness.

New Renaissance Bookstore - February 11th, 2010

Join Gabriel Constans, whose meditation teacher was one of the first women Zen priests in America in the early seventies, and discuss the portrayal of women in Buddhist literature and religious life. The evening will explore past and present perceptions of nuns and spiritual initiates and the road many women have had to travel to have equal rights in religious communities and organizations. Participants are invited to bring their personal stories and inspirational insights to share.

I've always loved the energy of Portland and it was a real pleasure staying with relatives Christine and Michael and meeting a kindred spirit at New Renaissance Books named Terra. Also met an interesting woman while waiting for the plane to Portland. Her name is Suze Rutherford and she does training's around the country for youth, adults, schools, businesses and organizations. Her center is called TrainingWeal and the workshops, classes and groups she leads are called Cultivating Kindness, Reviving The Wonder, Getting Our Butts In Gear, Lending A Hand and Finding Our Voice. Check out her website at: www.trainingweal.org.

Gateways - January 21st, 2010

Join Gabriel Constans for a reading and conversation about Buddha’s Wife at Gateways Books in Santa Cruz. Call 831-429-9600 for further information.

  • Location: Gateways Books and Gifts, 1126 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Phone: (831) 429-9600.
  • Time: 7:00 pm (PST).

Some wonderful readers made their way to Gateway through the storms to discuss and hear about, Buddha’s Wife. There was heartfelt sharing of personal experiences in monastic spiritual life and the question of balancing one’s practice in “the world”, as a householder and citizen, as well as the dichotomy in rights (past and present) for women and men in Buddhist traditions.

Bookwoman - December 2nd, 2009

Join us for an evening reading and discussion of Buddha's Wife. Site: http://www.ebookwoman.com/

  • Location: Bookwoman, 5501 North Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX 78751. Phone: (512) 472-2785.
  • Time: 7:00 pm.

Great to see one of my mentors and one of the most amazing women in the world, Charmiel, in Austin and meet new friends, as well as re-connect with Gaia at Bookwoman. Thank you everyone who came out on such a cold night to hear about Yasodhara.

Book Passage - November 22nd, 2009

Join other Bay Area authors and meet with Gabriel Constans to discuss Buddha’s Wife. Visit their Web Site: http://www.bookpassage.com

  • Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Phone: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909.
  • Time: 3:00 pm (PST).

Enjoyed a knowledgeable and engaged group of readers at the Book Passage, the wonderful independent bookstore in Corte Madera. Also got to meet up with film producer Navyo, who is going to develop Buddha’s Wife into a movie. Thank you one and all, for spending a few hours of your Sunday afternoon hearing and talking about, Yasodhara.

NPR (National Public Radio). Buddha’s Wife. Radio show host John Malkin interviews author Gabriel Constans.

Link to complete interview at The Buddhist Channel. Nov. 9, 2009. buddhachannel

2009 Seattle Book Festival - October 24-25, 2009

It's going to be a exciting event with at least 50 authors in attendance and over 80 exhibitors. I will have a table for Buddha’s Wife and be reading from the novel. Please join me at the Columbia City Event Center for the Seattle Book Fest and see books from local and national authors and publishers.

  • Location: Columbia City Event Center, 3528 S. Ferdinand, Seattle, WA.

What could be better than being surrounded by books, publishers, editors and writers for 2 days and sharing my story about Buddha’s Wife with all who stopped by?! To top it off, I got to hang out with my mother, daughter, son-in-law and grandson! Wonderful to see everyone who stopped by.

Manifesting the Positive Radio Show - October 1st, 2009

Join Gabriel, Leyla and Stuart and listen to the conversation about Buddha’s Wife.

Manifesting The Positive Radio’s host, Stuart, was most gracious and insightful. We talked about suffering, grief, loss and change and the ways people learn how to live with such or simply survive and go through life on automatic. He just finished acting in a play about imprisonment during the Civil War called Andersonville and was able to share many correlations between that history and our present knowledge of similar acts. Interspersed throughout the conversation, were references to Buddha’s Wife and the way it portrays suffering, loss, inspiration and compassion. You can download an mp3 of the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mtpradio.

Capitola Book Cafe - September 9, 2009

Join us at 7:30 pm (PST) for a community gathering and discussion about Buddha’s Wife with local author Gabriel Constans. Visit their web site at: http://www.capitolabookcafe.com

  • Location: Capitola Book Cafe, 1475-41st Ave., Capitola, CA 95010. Phone: 831-462-4415.
  • Time: 7:30 pm (PST).

What a wonderful evening! The book event was packed with friends, family and readers from all over Santa Cruz County and a few folks from out of town. Janet, the events coordinator, provided a wonderful introduction and there was plenty of time to converse with others about the book afterwards. I was touched to see how many people chose to be their. The entire night was captured on camera for Community TV's Book TV program and will be shown several times in the coming months.

Behind Every Great Man. John Malkin. Good Times. September 3, 2009.

Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore - September 4, 2009

Meet the author at Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore in Carmel, CA (Monterey Bay).
Web site at: http://www.pilgrimsway.com

  • Location: Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore. Dolores & 6th Ave, Carmel, CA 93923. Phone: (831) 624-4955.
  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm (PST).

If you haven't ever been to Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore in downtown Carmel (on Dolores, between 5th and 6th Street), you should definitely give yourself a treat and give them a visit. We met some wonderful people and had the privilege of sitting at the front of the small store, surrounded by well-stocked shelves that included one interesting title after another.

Good Vibrations Radio (AM 540 KRXA) - Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Join Gabriel, sometime after 7 pm (PST), as he discusses Buddha’s Wife with the Good Vibrations Radio hosts Solarzar and Kyralani.

Solarzar and Kyralani were very gracious hosts and provided an abundance of time to not only speak about Buddha’s Wife and it's creation and intent, but also about the orphanage in Rwanda and my involvement with them, as well as their present needs. I am immensely grateful for them allowing me to discuss The Rwandan Orphan’s Project (www.rwandanorphansproject.org) and the upcoming author event at Pilgrim's Way Bookstore this coming Friday (September 4th) from 3-5pm.

August 24, 2009

Official publication and release date for Buddha’s Wife by Robert D. Reed Publishers! Robert D. Reed Publishers at: http://www.rdrpublishers.com.

Press Release.

East West Bookstore - August 5, 2009

Free, but call 800-909-6161 to reserve tickets. Join internationally acclaimed journalist and author Gabriel Constans, whose first meditation teacher was one of the first female Zen teachers in America, to hear select inspirational passages from his new novel and discuss the portrayal of women in Buddhist literature.

Visit them at: http://www.eastwest.com

  • Location: East West Bookstore. 324 Castro Street. Mountain View, CA 94041.
  • Time: 7:30 pm (PST).

Rasamayi was a wonderful host at the East West Bookstore gathering and a number of special people showed up to listen, speak about and discuss Buddha’s Wife, her life and the books relevance in our lives today. Thank you everyone.

Free Radio Santa Cruz - July 29, 2009

Appearance on Free Radio Santa Cruz (FRSC) with host John Malkin. John is a longtime friend who asked wonderful questions about enlightenment, relationships and family, all pertaining to different sections of Buddha’s Wife.

  • Where: Radio Santa Cruz (FRSC)
  • Time: 7:30 pm (PST).

Masal! Mehndi! Masti! - July 25, 2009

Gabriel Constans presents Buddha’s Wife on stage in Toronto at 3:30 pm (EST) at Masala! Mehndi! Masti! - the largest multi-disciplinary South Asian Arts festival outside of South Asia! Over 100,000 people attended last year at Toronto’s Exhibition Place! Visit their web site at: www.MasalaMehndiMasti.com

  • Location: Toronto's Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada.
  • Time: 3:30 pm (EST).

It was an exciting time at the festival, in spite of the thunder and lightening storms which put somewhat of a damper on the outdoor activities. I saw beautiful art, clothes, dance and music and appreciate all the incredible amount of work and effort that goes into the event. The Queen Elizabeth Theater was the largest venue I've ever spoken in and the reading went well. The highlight of the trip was getting to meet two other Toronto writers who treated me like a brother. Jasmine D'Costa (author of Curry Is Thicker Than Water) and Gemma Meharchand shared many of their insights, experiences and thoughts, while we sat together at the author table, and provided a glimpse of their lives growing up in Bombay and South Africa and about living in Toronto. I am grateful for their generosity, kindness and humor.

Radio Interview on Northern Spirit Radio.

These programs are produced by Mark Judkins Helpsmeet in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for Northern Spirit Radio on FM station, WHYS LP, 96.3 FM and are now being broadcast on WPRR 1680 AM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on WIDE-LP/99.1 FM in Madison, WI, on Radio Driftless in Wisconsin's Kickapoo Valley, in Keene, New Hampshire on WKNH/91.3 FM, on Lopez Island, Washington on KLOI/102.9 FM and featured on SpeakingTruth.org

It turns out that Mark Judkins Helpsmeet and I are of the same age, have similar pursuits and many common experiences, including travel to Rwanda, work for social change and a desire to maintain and nurture loving, compassionate and truthful relationships. He enjoyed reading Buddha’s Wife and asked about my background, writing and other books.

Wellness Roadshow - July 14, 2009

Interview with Buddha’s Wife author on the Wellness Roadshow radio program with Catherine Bradford. Listen live, from 2:00-3:00 pm (PST) at: http://www.wellnessrdshow.com


It was a delight to join Catherine Bradford on her Dot to Dot show on Contact Talk Radio and discuss Buddha’s Wife. Catherine has a deep understanding and appreciation of the story and shared her experience reading it, as well as asking great questions. The interview can be heard anytime by going to their archives and will be broadcast again on air Wednesday evening at 9 pm PST, July 15th, 2009.

Zen Center of Santa Cruz - July 8, 2009

Discussion of Buddha’s Wife with author at Zen Center of Santa Cruz. Web: http://www.sczc.org

  • Location: 113 School Street, Santa Cruz. Phone: 831-457-0206.
  • Time: Zazen at 6:45 pm. Discussion at 7:35 pm.

Met some wonderful students and teachers of zen. It felt like coming home. There was great understanding and appreciation for the book and its intent, as well as some insightful discussion about women in Buddhism. Thank you Abess Katherine for inviting me and everyone else for welcoming me so warmly.

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