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Himalayan Hermitess

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152999
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152999.001.0001
Himalayan Hermitess

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Orgyan Chokyi (1675–1729) spent her life in Dolpo, the highest inhabited region of the Nepal Himalayas. Illiterate and expressly forbidden by her master to write her own life story, Orgyan Chokyi received divine inspiration to compose one of the most forthright and engaging spiritual autobiographies of the Tibetan literary tradition. Her life story is the oldest of only four Tibetan autobiographies authored by women. It is also a rare example of writing by a pre-modern Buddhist woman, and thus holds a unique place in Buddhist literature as a whole. This book prefaces the translated text with an illuminating study of the life and times of Orgyan Chokyi and an extended analysis of the hermitess's view of the relation between gender, suffering, and liberation.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; Dolpo; Nepal; autobiography; Tibet; Buddhism; Buddhist literature; gender; suffering; liberation

Book.  229 pages. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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Introduction in Himalayan Hermitess

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Sorrow and Joy in Himalayan Hermitess

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Women, Men, Suffering in Himalayan Hermitess

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Religious Practice in Himalayan Hermitess

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Introduction in Himalayan Hermitess

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Sufferings of Youth in Himalayan Hermitess

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Herding Goats in Himalayan Hermitess

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Herding Horses in Himalayan Hermitess

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