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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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Buddhism and Culture

Buddhism and Culture

(p.45) Chapter 3 Buddhism and Culture
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 Buddhism and how to become a great person of culture. Iryŏp begins by referring to the Buddha as the pronoun for all existence, the omnipotent self of all beings, equipped with creativity and all the necessary elements in the universe. She says the standard value for existence lies in how we each grasp and utilize our self, and a person who understands and utilizes his self enjoys the happiness of nirvana. The universe repeats the four stages of formation, sustenance, decay, and disappearance; existence repeats the cycle of birth, aging, sickness, and death. Iryŏp also talks about freedom and peace as different names for one's own self and clarifies that becoming attached to the Buddha is not Buddhism. She describes the Buddha as a great person of culture.

Keywords:   self, Kim Iryŏp, Buddhism, culture, Buddha, existence, nirvana, universe, freedom, peace

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