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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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(p.33) Chapter 2 Life
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp offers a philosophical reflection on the meaning of life. According to Iryŏp, it is important that we first ask whether we are living as a human being before discussing issues related to the life of a human being. She argues that free beings should be free from the boundaries called the universe, the numbers called time, and the limits called space. Iryŏp suggests ways for those who have lost their minds to recover from that malady and reminds those who want to become a human being to have at least basic knowledge about life. Finally, she talks about the concept of life according to Buddhism and describes the Buddha as eternal, someone who teaches us the seed of infinity so that we can live in freedom, and this is possible by realizing the absolute “I.”

Keywords:   life, Kim Iryŏp, human being, universe, time, space, Buddhism, Buddha, infinity, freedom

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