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4.53 out of 54.53 out of 54.53 out of 54.53 out of 54.53 out of 5 4.53 (17 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: December 1999 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gooch | 3/24/2012

    " This is a book that has traveled with me from Mongolia to everywhere... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Stroh | 3/11/2012

    " I read this quite awhile ago and just recall that it was very inspiring. A young woman's diary of her experience in a monastery with very austere conditions. It was published by her parents posthumously after she died in a bus crash in Thailand, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Mutolo | 1/15/2012

    " Amazing book following the journal entries of an Irish Journalist/Scholar who leaves everything to become a Zen Master.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 6/20/2011

    " I read this book 15 years ago while living in the Western Pacific. 15 years later I still think about her and her journey. What more 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 and not the other way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Michael | 6/15/2011

    " the purity of Maura, her courage and indomitable strength are so needed as a model for all women on the path. It's a must. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layna | 5/27/2011

    " Extraordinary book -- I read it a few years ago for my contemplative literature class, and I'm reading it again these days, just for the sense of peace and wholeness it brings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/21/2011

    " Nice read. Interesting. Needs glossary for japanese terms also a LIST of Characters would be helpful.
    She was obviously committed to her spiritual path. Wish there were more details as to WHY she was so
    interested in Buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 3/3/2010

    " the purity of Maura, her courage and indomitable strength are so needed as a model for all women on the path. It's a must. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gooch | 3/28/2009

    " This is a book that has traveled with me from Mongolia to everywhere... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 3/8/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 10/2/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layna | 7/11/2008

    " Extraordinary book -- I read it a few years ago for my contemplative literature class, and I'm reading it again these days, just for the sense of peace and wholeness it brings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/6/2008

    " Amazing book following the journal entries of an Irish Journalist/Scholar who leaves everything to become a Zen Master.... "

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