- Title Pages
- Translator’s Introduction
- Chapter 1 Preface
- Chapter 2 Life
- Chapter 3 Buddhism and Culture
- Chapter 4 In Memory of the Great Master Man’gong on the Fifteenth Anniversary of His Death
- Chapter 5 On New Year’s Day of the Twenty-Fifth Year after Joining the Monastery
- Chapter 6 A Proposal to the World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference
- Chapter 7 Why Has Buddhism Launched a Purification Movement?
- Chapter 8 Is the Mind One or Two?
- Chapter 9 What Is Faith?
- Chapter 10 The Path to No-Mind
- Chapter 11 Having Burned Away My Youth
- Chapter 12 With a Returned Gift in My Hand
- Chapter 13 Having Prepared a Clean Copy of My Master’s Manuscript (<i>by</i> Yi Wŏlsong)
- Chapter 14 Return to Emptiness
- Chapter 15 Meditation and the Attainment of the Mind
- Chapter 16 Prayer and Chanting
- Chapter 17 Path to Eternity
- Character Glossary
- About the Translator
- Series Information
- Production Notes
Buddhism and Culture
Buddhism and Culture
- (p.45) Chapter 3 Buddhism and Culture
- Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Kim Iryŏp, Jin Y. Park
- University of Hawai'i Press
In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp offers a philosophical reflection on Buddhism and how to become a great person of culture. Iryŏp begins by referring to the Buddha as the pronoun for all existence, the omnipotent self of all beings, equipped with creativity and all the necessary elements in the universe. She says the standard value for existence lies in how we each grasp and utilize our self, and a person who understands and utilizes his self enjoys the happiness of nirvana. The universe repeats the four stages of formation, sustenance, decay, and disappearance; existence repeats the cycle of birth, aging, sickness, and death. Iryŏp also talks about freedom and peace as different names for one's own self and clarifies that becoming attached to the Buddha is not Buddhism. She describes the Buddha as a great person of culture.
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