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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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Return to Emptiness

Return to Emptiness

(p.213) Chapter 14 Return to Emptiness
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun

Kim Iryŏp

, Jin Y. Park
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reveals the final evolution of Kim Iryŏp's Buddhist philosophy, with particular emphasis on her reflections on emptiness. Here Iryŏp talks about the meaning of “I,” the generation of the “lost self,” and other themes of her earlier Buddhist thought. According to Iryŏp, everything begins from the “I.” The universal “I” travels through eternity and eventually inherits that eternity. The mind does not lose the “I” and is therefore the basis of human existence. The concept of “I” has meaning only when one is fully in charge of oneself. Iryŏp argues that emptiness is the “I” that makes us think and the creator of the universe, the principle that governs the eternal life of humans.

Keywords:   emptiness, Kim Iryŏp, Buddhist philosophy, self, eternity, mind, existence, universe, eternal life

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