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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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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.

Keywords:   no-mind, Kim Iryŏp, romance, self, love, loneliness, suffering, pleasure

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