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Kim, Jongmyung. 2001. “Hyǃndae Han’guk sahoe wa sǏngga kyoyuk” (Modern Korean Society and Monastic Education), Han’guk Pulgyohak (The Journal of the Korean Association for Buddhist Studies) 28:485-518. Kim, Jongmyung. 2005a. ” In Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Volume One, edited by Robert E. Buswell, Jr. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, pp. 158-9. Kim, Jongmyung. 2005b. “KkaedarǏm Ǐi ‘sinhwa’: chae kǃmt’o” (The “Myth” of Enlightenment: A Reexamination), Pulgyohak yǃn’gu (Journal of Buddhist Studies) 12 :609-38.

Student: It would be more accurate to say that I was with my dislike for my fears while at the same time experiencing a deep peace that I desired. So I had desire for one thing and aversion for another going on at the same time. Teacher: The bias that was absent had to do with a view of only experiencing one thing at a time? Student: Yes, that’s it. That’s something I understand better now. v As you can see in this type of interview, key terms that would be used to generalize experience are further elaborated on by the student, being ¾lled in by the student’s recall of her experiences and expressed in her own words.

I believe the method of meditation I have outlined in this paper, which I have developed and taught over the past twenty-two years, does lead to this worthy and noble way of being, known as a sappurisa. Concluding this paper with a recapitulation of key points: A language of existence and a descriptive language of meditational experiences operate at two extremes. A language of becoming is the middle way between these extremes, utilizing the strengths of both and questioning their weaknesses. In questioning the use of terms and concepts that lend themselves to a language of existence in meditation teaching and practice, this paper steers clear of assessments on the validity or veri¾ability of the meditation experiences denoted by the terms and concepts used.

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