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Women and Buddhist Philosophy

Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryp

Jin Y. Park (author)

ISBN: 9780824879365

Publication Date: Aug 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Why and how do women engage with Buddhism and philosophy? This book answers this by examining the life and philosophy of a Korean Zen Buddhist nun, Kim Iryop (1896-1971). This volume will be of primary interest to scholars and students of Buddhism, Buddhist and comparative philosophy, and gender and Korean studies.
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Why and how do women engage with Buddhism and philosophy? The present volume aims to answer these questions by examining the life and philosophy of a Korean Zen Buddhist nun, Kim Iryop (1896–1971). The daughter of a pastor, Iryop began questioning Christian doctrine as a teenager. In a few years, she became increasingly involved in women's movements in Korea, speaking against society's control of female sexuality and demanding sexual freedom and free divorce for women. While in her late twenties, an existential turn in her thinking led Iryop to Buddhism; she eventually joined a monastery and went on to become a leading figure in the female monastic community until her death.

After taking the tonsure, Iryop followed the advice of her teacher and stopped publishing for more than two decades. She returned to the world of letters in her sixties, using her strong, distinctive voice to address fundamental questions on the scope of identity, the meaning of being human, and the value of existence. In her writing, she frequently adopted an autobiographical style that combined her experiences with Buddhist teachings. Through a close analysis of Iryop's story, Buddhist philosophy and practice in connection with East Asian new women's movements, and continental philosophy, this volume offers a creative interpretation of Buddhism as both a philosophy and a religion actively engaged with lives as they are lived. It presents a fascinating narrative on how women connect with the world–whether through social issues such as gender inequality, a Buddhist worldview, or existential debates on human existence and provides readers with a new way of philosophizing that is transformative and deeply connected with everyday life.

Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryop will be of primary interest to scholars and students of Buddhism, Buddhist and comparative philosophy, and gender and Korean studies.
Pages 296
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2018
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Series Studies of the International Center for Korean Studies, Korea University
Subject/s Asian history   Gender studies, gender groups   Buddhism   Religious aspects of sexuality, gender & relationships   Oriental & Indian philosophy  
Jin Y. Park is professor of Asian and comparative philosophy and religion and founding director of the Asian studies program at American University.

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