Chapter

Solitude 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/9780195152999.003.0015
Solitude and Joy

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This chapter relates the joyous experiences which dawned upon Orgyan Chokyi when she lived in solitude. Having been through great impermanence, Orgyan Chokyi avoided the problem of cause and effect. She chose virtue and shunned sin. She contemplated the meaning of hearing the Dharma. Hearing, contemplation, and meditation were a necessity for Chokyi. In gaining independence, self-serving and self-empowered, she has escaped people. She attained autonomy. She felt that she had found happiness. In her rocky cave, Chokyi was not bothered by snow and rain. She did not hear the noisy sounds of birds and bees. Her rocky cave was not lit up by the kitchen fire. Chokyi felt that there was no rock like this one in the meditation cells of Tadru.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; solitude; impermanence; Dharma; contemplation; meditation; independence; happiness; cave

Chapter.  1852 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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