- 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
Prayer and Chanting
Prayer and Chanting
- (p.227) Chapter 16 Prayer and Chanting
- Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Kim Iryŏp, Jin Y. Park
- University of Hawai'i Press
In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp reflects on the importance of prayer and chanting in Buddhist practice. According to Iryŏp, we pray to Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva because we believe that she can make happen what we cannot accomplish. We do so because we do not believe what we cannot see with our own eyes. The difficulty or ease with which our wish is fulfilled depends on the fundamental quality of our existence, which we call karma. Iryŏp explains how a prayer should be done and urges us to go beyond the wishful mind, continue to practice the samādhi of chanting, and become one with the universe. This, she says, is the only way for the life of the all-capable self to finally begin.
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