Chapter

Herding Horses

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/9780195152999.003.0010
Herding Horses

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This chapter relates how impermanence arose when Orgyan Chokyi herded horses. One day, as described in this chapter, she went to sell horses at the meadow of Dechen Thang near the Cholung Bum Monastery. She spent a few nights in the temple, during which time a foal was born to a golden mare. Fifteen days went by, when one night a leopard came from nowhere and killed the foal. The mother let out a great cry of anguish. Chokyi came to the door as she neighed loudly, causing a commotion in the meadow. She continued to neigh, so on the following morning Chokyi went out to search for the corpse of the foal. Chokyi found it above a spring, carried it back, and set it down on the meadow above the monastery. For Chokyi, great impermanence arose from this event, the likes of which she had never known, and she wept a great deal.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; horses; Dechen Thang; Cholung Bum; Monastery; foal; leopard; impermanence

Chapter.  1574 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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