- 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
The Path to No-Mind
The Path to No-Mind
A Letter to Mr. R.
- (p.120) Chapter 10 The Path to No-Mind
- Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Kim Iryŏp, Jin Y. Park
- University of Hawai'i Press
This chapter contains Kim Iryŏp's letter to one Mr. R., with whom she had a “romance” that caused quite a scandal both in Seoul and in the countryside. Iryŏp recalls the images of those days she spent with Mr. R nearly forty years ago—scenes seen both from a distance and close up as well as various events and her feelings about those events. She says reality proves that all of those images were the products of her thoughts and belong to the world of what she terms the “small self.” Iryŏp claims that Mr. R. loved her not as an individual, but because of his sexual desire. She then shares with Mr. R the path out of a life of loneliness and suffering, the path of no-mind, that will allow him to enjoy both sadness and pleasure at will. For Iryŏp, no-mind is in fact one's own self.
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