Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint.
It is profoundly rare that I take the time to write or speak on any book....but know deeply, this book is special. As a Catholic, who is also experienced in Zen Buddhism, this book is a rare gift to both religions. Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind is the story of Maura O'Halloran a profoundly intelligent young women who was raised Catholic who becomes a saint within the Zen Buddhist tradition. This is the story of her adventure and of her enlightenment.
While the concepts may be difficult for non-Buddhists to understand, please do not let this deter you. Maura story is enchanting and deeply insightful into true spirituality ...the truth of the beauty of this life....that is so often so difficult to see.
Mare Winningham's wonderful voice and Irish accent will make you feel as if ...Maura is in the room reading the book to you.
Konrad Ryushin Marchaj possesses a uniquely developed “observer in mind “which allows him to speak with eloquence, heart and clarity on the very subtle and complex paradigms of Zen. Konrad speaks from the “intuitive mind” prospective… far better than any of the other Zen minds that I’ve encountered in my lifetime. If Konrad has the “awareness” to also find the pure logic “solutions” to Koans …his students will have the incredibly rare opportunity to study under an fully “integrated” teacher.
Konrad's sense of humor and honesty of "self" embedded within his laughter
Konrad is the narrator ..this brings authenticity to the dialog
This is an extraordinary book for those individuals with the intellectual skills required to analyze Dr. Lanza???s and Dr. Berman's theories, in a logical and open minded fashion. I would strongly urge you to first read the book Quantum Enigma by the physicists, Bruce Rosenblum Phd and Fred Kuttner Phd, PRIOR to reading Biocentrism, as it will give you a grounded NO-nonsense description of the ???quantum strangeness??? in physics that Dr. Lanza and Dr. Berman are discribing their book. I especially want to complement Dr. Lanza for his courage in sharing the "emotionally difficult" stories from his personal life. Both Dr. Lanza and Dr. Berman are highly respected scientists which lends great credabilty to their theories expounded in Biocentrism.
The Secret (Unabridged) was an amazingly poor book. The author's main premise is. . . if you can think it then it will come. I'm very open to new ideas in consciousness and models of reality but this book reflects the ultimate in deluded thinking. If I had looked at this book in the bookstore I would most likely have explored it more thoroughly and not have purchase it. Avoid my mistake and save your money
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