- 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
Prayer and Chanting
Prayer and Chanting
- (p.227) Chapter 16 Prayer and Chanting
- Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun
Kim Iryŏp, Jin Y. Park
- University of Hawai'i Press
In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp reflects on the importance of prayer and chanting in Buddhist practice. According to Iryŏp, we pray to Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva because we believe that she can make happen what we cannot accomplish. We do so because we do not believe what we cannot see with our own eyes. The difficulty or ease with which our wish is fulfilled depends on the fundamental quality of our existence, which we call karma. Iryŏp explains how a prayer should be done and urges us to go beyond the wishful mind, continue to practice the samādhi of chanting, and become one with the universe. This, she says, is the only way for the life of the all-capable self to finally begin.
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