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The <i>Life</i> of the Hermitess

Schaeffer Kurtis R.

in 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/9780195152999.003.0003
The Life of the Hermitess

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This chapter presents both the life of the hermitess and her Life as a work of Buddhist literature. Although the Life of Orgyan Chokyi notes the age of the hermitess only seven times, and contains only one specific date, the basic chronology of Orgyan Chokyi's life can be constructed by comparing the Life with the autobiographical writings of her teacher, Orgyan Tenzin. The chapter moves on to detail the circumstances of Life's creation. It also places the Life within the larger context of Tibetan hagiographic writing, primarily by comparing it and the circumstances of its creation to the influential Life of Milarepa by Tsangnyon Heruka. Finally, this chapter explores the lives of several Tibetan women of the past who figure in Orgyan Chokyi's Life, in an effort to understand the work not just as hagiography but also in the context of religious traditions of women in Tibet.

Keywords: hermitess; Life of Orgyan Chokyi; Orgyan Chokyi; Orgyan Tenzin; Life of Milarepa; Tsangnyon Heruka; hagiography; Tibet

Chapter.  12534 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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