Himalayan Hermitess

Himalayan Hermitess : The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun

3.88 (17 ratings by Goodreads)
Translated by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

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. Translator Kurtis Schaeffer prefaces 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 of interest to those studying Buddhism, gender and religion, and the culture of the Tibetan world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 229 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195152999
  • 9780195152999
  • 1,445,550

Review quote

A significant contribution toward filling the lacuna of research on female-authored Himalayan Buddhist sources. * Sarah H. Jacoby, The Journal of Asian Studies *show more

About Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Kurtis R. Schaeffer is Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Alabama.show more

Rating details

17 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 29% (5)
4 29% (5)
3 41% (7)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X