Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind, Maura Halloran
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Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind
The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint

Narrator: Mare Winningham

Abridged: 2 hr 57 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 04/01/1995


In 1979, 24-year-old Maura O'Halloran moved to Japan and became the first woman ever admitted to Toshoji Temple. Soshin-san (O'Halloran's monastic name) labored through three intense years of work and study in preparation for becoming a dharma teacher. Her life ended abruptly during a trip to Thailand, and today Soshin-san is revered as a Buddhist saint. The material in this program is from her private and heartfelt journals and letters. They eloquently describe the rigors, hardships, and ultimate joys of Zen training and temple life, while providing a unique insight into the soul of a beloved, spiritual woman.