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Himalayan Hermitess: The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun

Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Abstract

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 spiritual autobiographies 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. This book prefaces the translated text with a ... More

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi, Dolpo, Nepal, autobiography, Tibet, Buddhism, Buddhist literature, gender, suffering, liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152999.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kurtis R. Schaeffer, translator
University of Alabama

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