Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, independent scholar, and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner since her twenties, she took refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and studied for many years under the kind guidance of her root lama, the late Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden.
Wendy’s research focuses on women’s spirituality, drawing from Buddhist women’s stories originally recorded in Sanskrit and Pali literature. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life (2016, Shambhala), and has recently completed her second book, The Woman Who Raised the Buddha: The Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati (March 2021, Shambhala).
Wendy’s dream is to return the stories of the first Buddhist women to their rightful place in Buddhism’s 2500-year narrative, reawaken their voices, and ensure that they are not just remembered, but valorized as integral to the roots of Buddhism. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts where she has taught a women’s dharma sangha for over 15 years.