The Enlightenment Stories Represented in the Samgook Yusa and the Princess Bari
About the Book
The treatise compares Korean enlightenment experience stories with different genre sources as well as other countries texts, thereby it presents the perspective of cross-genre and cross-culture comparison. The enlightenment stories are examined in terms of actual experiences; and after the experience, how one offers one’s efficacy in the society. The author distinguishes different meanings of the enlightenment and researches in two different approaches: the enlightenment as equivalent to wisdom attaining stage, and the nirvana enlightenment, as fully matured stage of the enlightenment; then the author compares Korean sources with Western mystics’ experiences. Moreover, the author explains different enlightenment methodologies mentioned in the medieval Korean text, Samgook Yusa (Three kingdoms anthology of myths) and presently being practiced shamanic song in rituals, “Princess Bari.” Thereafter, the author probes into the necessity of gaining the enlightenment in the perspective of one’s function effected in society and preparing for the apocalypse.
About the Author
After she acquired B.S. degree in Business Administration from CSU Fresno in 1988, she worked in Fashion industry in NY and LA from 1989 to 1996. In 1993, she encountered mystical experience which led her to change her career. She came back to Graduate School of UCLA and obtained MFA degree in Theater in 2000. However she still had yearning for knowledge of the world and wanted to continue to higher education. Thus she finished MA program in Chinese Culture from University of Kansas in 2004 and completed Ph.D. program in Korean Literature from Graduate School of Seoul National University in South Korea in 2013. She worked full-time as a language instructor for several years in between graduate schools. The treatise is the result of her endeavor to reach higher spiritual progress by continuously pursuing higher education even when the reality of life tempted to alter her goal. By pursuing higher education persistently, she was able to penetrate to the point where the gist of enlightenment stories exist.