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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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Having Burned Away My Youth

Having Burned Away My Youth

A Letter to Mr. B.

Chapter:
(p.140) Chapter 11 Having Burned Away My Youth
Source:
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Author(s):

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.003.0012

This chapter contains Kim Iryŏp's letter to one Mr. B., with whom she had a relationship that lasted less than a year. In her letter, Iryŏp offers a detailed description of her relationship with Mr. B. and the Buddhist philosophy that she learned through him. She also reflects on the meaning of the affair from the perspective of Buddhism. While she acknowledges that Mr. B. brought, albeit temporarily, great satisfaction and hope to her life, he also gave her even greater disappointment and sorrow, adding that “you took all things away from me.” Iryŏp says Mr. B. is not the type of person who would trample on her genuine love, but wonders they had to break up. She concludes her letter by promising to devote herself to the dual path of concentrating on self-cultivation and discipline.

Keywords:   love, Kim Iryŏp, Buddhist philosophy, Buddhism, self-cultivation, discipline

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