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Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun$
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Kim Iryop

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838782

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.001.0001

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Is the Mind One or Two?

Is the Mind One or Two?

To Mr. C., Who Has Recently Converted to Catholicism

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(p.97) Chapter 8 Is the Mind One or Two?
Source:
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Author(s):

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.003.0009

In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp responds to the conversion to Catholicism of one Mr. C. after having been a longtime Buddhist. Iryŏp is wondering how Mr. C could turn away from the teaching that leads him to find himself, the teaching that enables him to utilize freedom and peace at will, and go outside of it, claiming that that is the way for him to survive. She believes that Mr. C. withdrew from Buddhism because he is not aware of the ultimate meaning of religion and that he has thrown away his “own invaluable treasure house in exchange for a rented treasury belonging to others.” Iryŏp also describes the Buddha as each individual's original self and the owner of the universe, the supreme person of culture capable of creating all things at will.

Keywords:   self, Kim Iryŏp, conversion, Catholicism, freedom, peace, Buddhism, religion, Buddha

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