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Author Kim, Ir-yŏp, 1896-1971, author.

Title Reflections of a Zen Buddhist nun / Kim Iryŏp ; translated and with an introduction by Jin Y. Park.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Ŏnŭ sudoin ŭi hoesang. English
Physical description 1 online resource (viii, 301 pages) : illustrations.
Series Korean classics library. Philosophy and religion
Korean classics library. Philosophy and religion.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Life -- Buddhism and culture -- In memory of the Great Master Man'gong on the fifteenth anniversary of his death -- On new year's day of the twenty-fifth year after joining the monastery -- A proposal to the World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference -- Why has Buddhism launched a purification movement? -- Is the mind one or two? To Mr. C., who has recently converted to Catholicism -- What is faith?: contemplation upon reading a letter from my friend M. -- The path to no-mind: a letter to Mr. R. -- Having burned away my youth: a letter to Mr. B. -- With a returned gift in my hand -- Having prepared a clean copy of my master's manuscript -- Return to emptiness -- Meditation and the attainment of the mind -- Prayer and chanting -- Path to eternity: a message to journalists.
Summary The life and work of Kim Iryŏp (1896-1971) bear witness to Korea's encounter with modernity. A prolific writer, Iryŏp reflected on identity and existential loneliness in her poems, short stories, and autobiographical essays. As a pioneering feminist intellectual, she dedicated herself to gender issues and understanding the changing role of women in Korean society. As an influential Buddhist nun, she examined religious teachings and strove to interpret modern human existence through a religious world view. Originally published in Korea when Iryŏp was in her sixties, Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (Ŏnŭ sudoin ŭi hoesang) makes available for the first time in English a rich, intimate, and unfailingly candid source of material with which to understand modern Korea, Korean women, and Korean Buddhism. Throughout her writing, Iryŏp poses such questions as: How does one come to terms with one's identity? What is the meaning of revolt and what are its limitations? How do we understand the different dimensions of love in the context of Buddhist teachings? What is Buddhist awakening? How do we attain it? How do we understand God and the relationship between good and evil? What is the meaning of religious practice in our time? We see through her thought and life experiences the co-existence of seemingly conflicting ideas and ideals--Christianity and Buddhism, sexual liberalism and religious celibacy, among others. In Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun, Iryŏp challenges readers with her creative interpretations of Buddhist doctrine and her reflections on the meaning of Buddhist practice. In the process she offers insight into a time when the ideas and contributions of women to twentieth-century Korean society and intellectual life were just beginning to emerge from the shadows, where they had been obscured in the name of modernization and nation-building.
Other author Park, Jin Y., translator.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Kim, Ir-yŏp, 1896-1971.
Zen Buddhism.
Conduct of life.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780824840235 (electronic bk.)
0824840232 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 40023526090