Himalayan Hermitess

Himalayan Hermitess

The Life of A Tibetan Buddhist Nun

Book - 2004
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Orgyan Chokyi (1675-1729) spent her life in Dolpo, the highest inhabited region of the Nepal Himalayas. Illiterate and expressly forbidden by her master to write her own life story, Orgyan Chokyi received divine inspiration to compose one of the most forthright and engaging spiritualautobiographies of the Tibetan literary tradition. Her life story is the oldest of only four Tibetan autobiographies authored by women. It is also a rare example of writing by a pre-modern Buddhist woman, and thus holds a unique place in Buddhist literature as a whole. Translator Kurtis Schaefferprefaces the text with an illuminating study of the life and times of Orgyan Chokyi and an extended analysis of the hermitess's view of the relation between gender, suffering, and liberation. Based almost entirely on primary Tibetan documents never before translated, this fascinating book will be ofinterest to those studying Buddhism, gender and religion, and the culture of the Tibetan world.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9780195152982
0195152980
9780195152999
0195152999
Branch Call Number: 294.3657
Characteristics: viii, 220 p. ; 25 cm.

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