Religious Practice

Schaeffer Kurtis R.

in Himalayan Hermitess

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152999
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849932 | DOI:
Religious Practice

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In light of the close connection between Orgyan Chokyi and her teacher, Orgyan Tenzin, one may usefully look to his songs to elaborate upon the Life of Orgyan Chokyi. This also provides an opportunity to see how Buddhist traditions of meditation, ritual, poetry, and imagery are passed on between teacher and pupil in a local setting. Orgyan Tenzin was a prolific writer, authoring two collections of verse as well as a work on Nyingmapa esoteric practice. Drawing on Orgyan Tenzin's works and others, this chapter will highlight five categories of religious activity that are central to understanding the place of the Life in the Buddhist culture of Dolpo and the Himalaya more broadly: fasting, pilgrimage, meditation, visionary experience, and finally relic veneration. Before each of these is treated separately, this chapter looks at Orgyan Chokyi's general comments about Buddhist practice.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; Orgyan Tenzin; Buddhism; Nyingmapa; Life of Orgyan Chokyi; Dolpo; Himalaya; fasting; pilgrimage; meditation

Chapter.  12183 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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