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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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Meditation and the Attainment of the Mind

Meditation and the Attainment of the Mind

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(p.224) Chapter 15 Meditation and the Attainment of the Mind
Source:
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Author(s):

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.003.0016

In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp reflects on the importance of meditation and the attainment of the mind in Buddhist practice. According to Iryŏp, meditation is all one needs to know in life. Our desires and security of body and mind (or nirvana) can be attained only when we are awakened through meditation to the boundless no-thought and when no-thought becomes universalized. This is the teaching of attaining a state of mind that is the all-capable unity of the self. Once you reach such a state, wherever you live, in whatever form, you will be secure. Iryŏp says this is the teaching of Buddhism, and this is why Buddhist teachings are not intended for Buddhists but rather to help each individual attain this state of mind. She argues that Buddhism provides a way to control the mind of the entire universe and that the only way to learn Buddhism, that is, to learn one's own self, is through meditation.

Keywords:   mind, Kim Iryŏp, meditation, no-thought, self, Buddhism, Buddhist teachings

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