Very meditative read with a smart ass of an Irish narrator gaining nlightenment I read this book 15 years ago while living in the Western Pacific 15 years narrator gaining nlightenment I read this book 15 years ago while living in the Western Pacific 15 years I still think about her and her journey What can you ask for in a book than one that sticks with you I intend to read it again because we all know that certain books read you a By whatever standard you would use
Soshin O Halloran 1982 was an amazingly intriguing strong gifted woman I d never heard of her until I ran across her name in of all places a Roman Catholic publication which acknowledged her with a short bio of her as a deeply spiritual person I say of all places because though Maura was the ldest of 6 children in a devout Irish Catholic family born in Massachusetts Gone (Gone, educated in convent schools Trinity College Dublin she is most noted for being annlightened Zen nunpriest who trained in Japan In fact so deeply was she held in steem honor by the Buddhist community there that in 1983 the Maura Kannon Statue was dedicated in her honor by her master Tetsugyu Ban at the Kannonji Temple in Iwateken He proclaimedMaura Soshin O Halloran
At The Dedication She Isthe dedication She is the posthumous name of Great Enlightened Lady of the same heart and mind as the Great Teacher Buddhaa real incarnation of Kannon Bosatsu to be loved and respected foreverAt several points in the book Ruth O Halloran Maura s mother now deceased refers to the xtraordinary manner in which Soshi. 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 All Seated on the Ground expanded newdition loaded with xtras Absolutely absorbing from start to finish this is a true story you might truly fall in love withAt only 24 Maura O'Halloran left her Iris. ,
See to do is give to people this freedom this blissSo I must go deeper and deeper and work hard no longer for me but for veryone I can helpThus I should also work politically work to make people s surroundings that much tolerable work for a society that fosters spiritual human values A society for people not profits When I first read this book it was just what I was looking for soulful searching conflicting thought provoking moving and all set in a very different world than my
Own I Just ReI just re it recently and it didn t fail to impress the second time around This girl was amazingly courageous and so very driven The process of reading about her Wiring experience in her own words and watching her transform during her time at the monastery was inspiring She chasesnlightenment with her head on fire I guess that can be taken literally if you re versed in chakras Personally I love reading people s journals and letters maybe I m a bit voyeuristic but I always get such a chill out of saying to myself Wowthis person wrote these Against All Odds exact words at thexact time heshe was thinkingfeeling them Whoah It seems like such a privilege Most of all I loved reading about her struggle with her spirituality always as she struggles to find peace the conflicts rage on in her heart and head I know the feeling It was refreshing and oddly Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage encouraging to find that all was not peaceful in the monastery despite appearances to the contrar. Astonishing wise beyond her years humor compassion wisdom and commitmentThisxpanded The DOS edition includes never before seenntries 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. N who was deeply loved by her family lived her life before after she Against All Odds entered the monastery Tragically her life came to an abruptnd in October 1982 at the age of 27 when she was killed in a bus accident in Thailand as she was on her way back to IrelandThe book is largely in SoshinMaura s own words from her letters journals It
Becomes Immediately Apparent To The Reader What An Insightful Skilledimmediately apparent to the reader what an insightful skilled she was One can only guess what riches she could ve offered to the world both as a writer as a human being One xample in her journal of a writer as a human being One xample in her journal of 11 1981 she writes Of late I feel ridiculously happy No reason Just bursting with joy I remember when I was young deciding to commit suicide at 26 Once one hit 30 one was over the hill so 26 was far Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils enough to live I reckoned that if I hadn t got done by then whatever there was to be done I never would so I might as wellnd it Now I m 26 and I feel as if I ve lived my life Strange sensation Almost as if I m close to deathEverything seems wonderful Even undesirable painful conditions have a poignant beauty and xaltation So in a sense I feel I have died for myself there is nothing lse to
strive after nothing to make my life worthwhile or to justifybut now I have maybe 50 or 60after nothing to make my life worthwhile or to justifybut now I have maybe 50 or 60 who knows of time of a life open blank ready to offer I want to live it for other people What Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, else is there to do with itit s as if to give myself is all I can doAt the moment the best I can. H 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 journalntries and letters home reveal.