Selected Writings of Han Yongun: From Social Darwinism to by Han Yongun (author), Owen Miller, Vladimir Tikhonov (editors

By Han Yongun (author), Owen Miller, Vladimir Tikhonov (editors and translators)

Considered one of Korea's most outstanding Buddhists and political activists within the independence circulation in the course of the lengthy years of Japan's colonization of his state, Han Yongun , another way referred to as Manhae (1879-1944), was once a prolific author and striking poet, recognized specifically for his poetry assortment Nim ui ch'immuk ('The Silence of the Lover'). This quantity, even though, concentrates on translations of his important non-literary works, that are released right here in English for the 1st time. It specializes in his principles for the revitalization of Korean Buddhism within the sleek global; the character of Buddhism as a faith; his critique of the atheist routine stylish one of the communists of his time, including memoirs of his adolescence and travels. chosen Writings of Han Yongun, released in collaboration with the Academy of Korean reviews, additionally comprises an introductory essay on Manhae's lifestyles, his courting with socialist rules in addition to the importance of a few of the guidelines mentioned within the translated writings. scholars and researchers in Korean reviews, stories in Buddhism and Comparative Religions will locate this assortment valuable.

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And, among the sorrows of national and social tragedies, the ultimate, noumenal reality of the universal, equal nim emerges as the source of faith and hope: Those without household registration (minjo˘k) have no human rights. ’ After resisting him, I saw you – in the moment when my gratitude to others was transforming into sorrow. Oh, I understood that all sorts of ethics, morals, and laws are just smoke from the sacrifices to Mammon and sword. Should I eternally embrace love? Should I spill ink on the first page of human history?

Qxp 1/7/08 3:45 PM Page 41 1 On the Reformation of Korean Buddhism Printed as a separate work by Pulgyo so˘gwam Publishers, Kyo˘ngso˘ng,1 May 1913 Foreword I have long contemplated the issue of the reformation of our Buddhism, but adverse circumstances did not allow me to realize my intentions. By way of experiment therefore, I intend to visualize the yet unformed new century of Buddhism through my trifling writings, with the sole aim of providing some solace to myself. 2 Of course, this piece of writing does not amount even to the shadow of a plum tree.

As they are empty, they are neither born nor die; neither decrease nor increase. qxp 1/7/08 3:58 PM Page 23 Introduction remains intact forever. In the phenomenal world they might appear or disappear individually or partially from a temporal point of view, while what is called their Buddha-nature in Buddhism remains just as it is, intact. In possessing Buddha-nature, all the myriad things are the same. (What Happens with Life after Death, Han Yongun 1973, vol. 2: 289–290; present volume pp. 155–158) Ideas of a similar kind seem to have inspired Han Yongun’s poetical creativity as well.

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