Maura O'Halloran's classic memoir has already inspired countless readers. 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.
At 24, Maura O'Halloran left her Irish-American family stateside and traveled to Japan, where she began studying under and inscrutable Zen master. She would herself become recognized as a Zen master in an uncommonly brief span 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.
In 1982, when she was 27 years old, Maura O'Halloran was recognized as a Zen master and given authorization to teach Zen. Only six months later, her life was tragically claimed in a motor accident.
312 pages. Paperback.