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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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What Is Faith?

What Is Faith?

Contemplation upon Reading a Letter from My Friend M.

Chapter:
(p.110) Chapter 9 What Is Faith?
Source:
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Author(s):

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.003.0010

In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp responds to a letter from a childhood friend called M. about the issue of faith. Kim Iryŏp considers the Buddhist teachings as comments on one's own self and the Buddha as the universe, which in turn is one's own self. According to Kim Iryŏp, anyone who does not know the Buddha does not know his or her own self. She also talks about religious education, telling M. that after she became a follower of Buddhism, she realized for the first time that religion is an education in how to live, and religious teaching should be realized right here in this life. She also argues that a person who has faith has the mental capacity to attain the wholeness of human nature, adding that when one concentrates one's mind, there is nothing that he or she cannot accomplish.

Keywords:   faith, Kim Iryŏp, Buddhist teachings, self, Buddha, universe, religious education, Buddhism, religion

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