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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maura Soshin O'Halloran Narrator: Mare Winningham Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1979, 24-year-old Irish-American 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 3 hard years of intense 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 writings in this program are 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 5/22/2013

    " Very intimate and touching. This is simply her diary entries, without any embellishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin | 5/19/2013

    " something about this book always speaks to me. it feels incredibly intimate, probably because the writing was for a private journal, never intended for publication. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paula | 2/23/2013

    " Interesting memoir about a young Irish-American girl who becomes the first female Zen Buddhist monk in Japan. After she dies in her 20's, she is canonized as a saint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 7/6/2012

    " This book changed my life. Then my life kept changing. It seems to do that with our without books. Still, this sparked one of the better changes. "

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