Vanessa R. Sasson is a professor of Religious Studies at Marianopolis College. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State and Research Member for CERIAS at UQAM. She is the author and/or editor of a number of academic publications. Yasodhara and the Buddha is her first novel.
Yasodhara and the Buddha
Vanessa R. Sasson in conversation with Amanda Deckelbaum
Vanessa R. Sasson’s latest book, Yasodhara and the Buddha, is an evocative story of the life of Buddha as seen from the eyes of his wife, Yasodhara. Weaving together the spirit of fiction and fabulism, this narrative gives us an understanding of Yasodhara's joys and sorrows, her expectations and frustrations, as she watches her beloved husband walk away. Sasson has a long academic publishing record. She is a professor of Religious Studies at Marianopolis College, a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, and a Research Member for CERIAS at UQAM. Amanda Deckelbaum is the Lead Project Manager at SoundFood. In conversation with Deckelbaum, Sasson delves into this journey of finding the female voice in the Buddhist story.