- Title Pages
- Translator’s Introduction
Chapter 3Buddhism and Culture
Chapter 4In Memory of the Great Master Man’gong on the Fifteenth Anniversary of His Death
Chapter 5On New Year’s Day of the Twenty-Fifth Year after Joining the Monastery
Chapter 6A Proposal to the World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference
Chapter 7Why Has Buddhism Launched a Purification Movement?
Chapter 8Is the Mind One or Two?
Chapter 9What Is Faith?
Chapter 10The Path to No-Mind
Chapter 11Having Burned Away My Youth
Chapter 12With a Returned Gift in My Hand
Chapter 13Having Prepared a Clean Copy of My Master’s Manuscript (by Yi Wŏlsong)
Chapter 14Return to Emptiness
Chapter 15Meditation and the Attainment of the Mind
Chapter 16Prayer and Chanting
Chapter 17Path to Eternity
- Character Glossary
- About the Translator
- Series Information
- Production Notes
- (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.”
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