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MAY 13: Women and Buddhism: The Case of Kim Iryŏp (1896-1971)

Thursday, May 13, 2021
2:00 pm

Women and Buddhism: The Case of Kim Iryŏp (1896-1971)

May 13  |  2-4 PM PT  |  Zoom Event

Is women’s experience of Buddhism different from their male counterparts? Can Buddhism give new directions for women’s search for identity and the meaning of existence? Or, to put it broadly, why and how do women engage with Buddhism? A daughter of Christian parents, Iryŏp was a first-generation Korean feminist and Zen Buddhist nun actively engaged with women’s movements, as a new woman, demanding changes in Korean society, publicly bringing up the sensitive issues of woman’s sexuality and freedom. The presentation explores the meaning of autobiography, narrative identity, writing as testimony, and meaning construction in our daily existence, as well as Iryŏp’s journey to find women’s identity and freedom through Buddhist philosophy.

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Presented by:

Dr. Jin Y. Park

Professor & Department Chair

Philosophy & Religion

Founding Director, Asian Studies Program

American University, Washington, D.C.


Event Type: 
Seminars & Workshops

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