Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind

By Maura O'Halloran, Beth O'Halloran (illustrator),

Book cover of Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint

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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.

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1 author picked Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I read this book when it first came out in 1995 and have kept a copy of it for all those years, re-reading it again and again. This book is the journal and letters of Maura O'Halloran, a young Irish-American who went to Japan and joined a Zen Buddhist temple for monks at a time (the early 1980s) when few western women were admitted to such extremely arduous training. It tells of her three years in the temple in a heart-warming, honest way, with an abundance of humor. This book gives a brilliant look into life in a Zen temple,…

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