: Death and Impermanence

Schaeffer Kurtis R.

in Himalayan Hermitess

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152999
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849932 | DOI:
: Death and Impermanence

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This chapter relates the manner of Orgyan Chokyi's death. From the tenth day to the fifteenth day of the second month of 1729, the Bird Year, all the residents of Tadru were fasting. At one point during that time a beam fell from the ceiling and hit the dakini on the head. A great deal of blood flowed from her head. Eventually after seven days, the pain in her head had subsided. Eight days later the dakini mentioned a new darting pain in her forehead. The doctor was called, but he did not arrive in time. Various rites were preformed to try to save her, but they did not work. Everything was tried, but nothing made any difference. After two days of this, her mind faded into the Dharma realm. At age fifty-five, Orgyan Chokyi left her life.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; death; Tadru; ritual; beam; dakini; Dharma

Chapter.  1370 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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