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Introduction

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/9780195152999.003.0007
Introduction

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The life story of Orgyan Chokyi contains ten chapters. The first one is concerned with the suffering which arose in her youth. The second is about her time as a goatherd and how that time was sorrowful. The third chapter details her cutting her hair, her time herded horses, and how the feeling impermanence arose. The fourth chapter is about her request for religious teachings and her studies of stillness and movement. The fifth one details her pilgrimages to Kathmandu and Tise to offer prayers. The sixth is about a time when she worked in the kitchen at the temple and felt a great deal of mental anguish. The next chapter describes her quitting herding and turning to meditation and reciting oṁ maṇi padme hūṁ. The eighth chapter is all about how she lived in solitude and the joyous experiences of that time. The nineth details how she preserved her commitment and vows. Finally, the last chapter describes how she further saw impermanence through death.

Keywords: life; Orgyan Chokyi; suffering; teachings; pilgrimage; Kathmandu; prayers; impermanence; death

Chapter.  542 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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