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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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Translator’s Introduction

Translator’s Introduction

Kim Iryŏp, Her Life and Thought

(p.1) Translator’s Introduction
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
University of Hawai'i Press

This book presents Kim Iryŏp's Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun, titled in Korean Ŏnŭ sudoin ŭi hoesang (Memoir of a practitioner, published in 1960) in English. Iryŏp was a writer, new woman, and Zen Buddhist nun whose life offers a glimpse of modern Korean society. Her life also reflects the encounter of two major religions: Christianity and Buddhism. This introduction provides a background on Iryŏp's life and thought. It first considers Iryŏp's role in the formation of the identity of the new women as a group in Korea before discussing her writings on women's issues, autobiographical essays, and religious essays. It then examines how Buddhism became one of the major themes of Iryŏp's writings. It also gives an overview of the chapters contained in Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun.

Keywords:   new women, Kim Iryŏp, Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun, Korea, religion, Christianity, Buddhism, identity, essays

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