Chapter

Sorrow and Joy

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/9780195152999.003.0004
Sorrow and Joy

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In many ways, Orgyan Chokyi's tale may be read as a commentary on these words. It is a meditation on impermanence, a lament for the death Orgyan Chokyi witnesses. The work lives up to its initial promise, providing ample sorrow as well as a good amount of joy. The Life of Orgyan Chokyi contains over 125 distinct references to suffering, depression, lamentation, and pain, and nearly forty references to tears and weeping. This amounts to nearly three references to suffering per manuscript page, in which it employs over thirty separate terms to describe the trials and sorrow-filled visions of the hermitess. Much of her life story is dedicated to describing the various forms of social, mental, and bodily suffering that she endured during the course of her life, and which led her to the religious vocation.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; sorrow; joy; Life of Orgyan Chokyi; suffering; hermitess; pain; lamentation; depression

Chapter.  11716 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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