From Shambhala Sunspace
Featured on the ShambhalaSun.com homepage today is“Annie Mirror Heart,” a chapter from an unfinished novel by Maura O’Halloran. O’Halloran was a young Irish-American woman who took to Zen practice (and how!), as famously recounted in her journals, posthumously published as the book Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint. (O’Halloran was killed in an accident and her novel, of course, never finished. But you can read “Annie Mirror Heart” online here.)
Since her passing, O’Halloran’s story — and the unflinching way in which she told it — has captured imaginations everywhere. She really is even considered a saint of sorts by some. Here, in an Afterword from the expanded edition of Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind (which includes more material from the novel) as published by Wisdom Publications, we get a sense just how widespread Maura’s cultural and inspirational impact has become since the book’s first edition.