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Pure heart, enlightened mind : the life and letters of an Irish Zen saint

Author: Maura O'Halloran
Publisher: Boston : Wisdom Publications, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [Expanded Wisdom ed.]View all editions and formats
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One of the most beloved Buddhist books of all time-having inspired popular musicians, artists, a documentary film, and countless readers-is now in an expanded, new edition, loaded with extras. Absolutely absorbing from start to finish, this is a true story you might truly fall in love with. At only 24, Maura O'Halloran left her Irish-American family stateside and traveled to Japan, where she began studying under an  Read more...
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Named Person: Maura O'Halloran; Maura O'Halloran
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maura O'Halloran
ISBN: 0861712838 9780861712830
OCLC Number: 83977483
Description: 312 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the original edition --
Introduction by Ruth O'Halloran --
Prelude --
Part I: Arrival --
Part II: Takuhatsu (Begging) --
Part III: Tokyo --
Part IV: Korea --
Part V: Spring --
Part VI: Resuming --
Part VII: New Resolve --
Part VIII: Mum's Visit --
Part IX: Completion --
Appendix. I. Poetry --
II. Her mothers recollection of Maura's childhood and youth --
III. Canada --
IV. Latin America --
V. Maura's Boston year --
VI. Maine --
VII. Maura's unfinished novel, 1982 --
Epilogue --
Publisher's afterword: Maura's influence since the first edition.
Responsibility: Maura Soshin O'Halloran ; introduction by Ruth O'Halloran ; illustrations by Beth O'Halloran.
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One of the most beloved Buddhist books of all time-having inspired popular musicians, artists, a documentary film, and countless readers-is now in an expanded, new edition, loaded with extras. Absolutely absorbing from start to finish, this is a true story you might truly fall in love with. At only 24, Maura O'Halloran left her Irish-American family stateside and traveled to Japan, where she began studying under an inscrutable Zen master. She would herself become recognized as a Zen master-in an uncommonly brief amount of time. Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind is Maura's beautifully-written account of her journey. These journal entries and letters home reveal astonishing, wise-beyond-her-years humor, compassion, wisdom, and commitment. This expanded edition includes never-before-seen entries and poems, the author's unfinished novel, and an afterword that discusses the book's cultural impact. It will be a must-have for Maura's previous fans--and will surely find her thousands of new ones.

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