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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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With a Returned Gift in My Hand

With a Returned Gift in My Hand

(p.199) Chapter 12 With a Returned Gift in My Hand
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contains Mr. B.'s letter to Kim Iryŏp. Mr. B. remembers the days when he and Iryŏp met; they were adults who had already experienced married life, but very pure and passionate in their love for each other. While Iryŏp has become a religious woman who has transcended the secular world, Mr. B. says he is just an ordinary man occupied with secular affairs. In his letter Mr. B. tells his story to Iryŏp after their separation, claiming that he has been practicing chanting aloud, calling out the name Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva, the mother of great compassion. He also asks for her forgiveness and wants to vent his secular feelings for her.

Keywords:   love, Kim Iryŏp, chanting, Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva, compassion

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