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Himalayan HermitessThe Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun$
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Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152999.001.0001

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Leaving the Bustle

Leaving the Bustle

(p.163) Chapter Seven Leaving the Bustle
Himalayan Hermitess

Schaeffer Kurtis R.

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This chapter relates how Orgyan Chokyi gave up working in the kitchen and stayed in meditation reciting prayers. Orgyan Chokyi lived at Nyimapuk for seven years. For four years she worked in the kitchen. During the following three years Chokyi built a small meditation cell, and at this point felt she had no need for the work of this life. Chokyi has seen and heard people dying regardless of whether they were young or old. These felt like signs of her own quick death and she was afraid of her own death. As she pondered such things she made a commitment, and she recited prayers and meditated. At that point the master traveled to Nechen Tadru, and Chokyi accompanied him. She set up a small cave and remained in retreat reciting prayers and meditating.

Keywords:   Orgyan Chokyi, meditation, prayers, Nyimapuk, kitchen, death, recite, master, Nechen Tadru, cave

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