By Jin Y. Park
Why and the way do ladies have interaction with Buddhism and philosophy? the current quantity goals to reply to those questions via analyzing the existence and philosophy of a Korean Zen Buddhist nun, Kim Iryŏp (1896–1971). The daughter of a pastor, Iryŏp begun wondering Christian doctrine as undefined. In many years, she turned more and more thinking about women’s events in Korea, conversing opposed to society’s regulate of lady sexuality and critical sexual freedom and loose divorce for ladies. whereas in her past due twenties, an existential flip in her pondering led Iryŏp to Buddhism; she ultimately joined a monastery and went directly to turn into a number one determine within the woman monastic group till her death.
After taking the tonsure, Iryŏp the recommendation of her instructor and stopped publishing for greater than 20 years. She lower back to the realm of letters in her sixties, utilizing her powerful, unique voice to handle primary questions about the scope of identification, the which means of being human, and the worth of life. In her writing, she often followed an autobiographical type that mixed her reviews with Buddhist teachings. via an in depth research of Iryŏp’s tale, Buddhist philosophy and perform in reference to East Asian new women’s pursuits, and continental philosophy, this quantity bargains an inventive interpretation of Buddhism as either a philosophy and a faith actively engaged with lives as they're lived. It provides a desirable narrative on how ladies hook up with the world—whether via social matters comparable to gender inequality, a Buddhist worldview, or existential debates on human life and offers readers with a brand new means of philosophizing that's transformative and deeply attached with daily life.
Women and Buddhist Philosophy: enticing Zen grasp Kim Iryŏp will be of fundamental curiosity to students and scholars of Buddhism, Buddhist and comparative philosophy, and gender and Korean studies.