- 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
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.
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