Maura O’Halloranwas a young Irish lady who went to live as a Buddhist monastic in Asia. She greatly impressed her teachers, but was killed in a bus accident in Thailand after only a few years. Her diary has been published by her family.
Patricia Dai-En Bennage quoted the following as a requiem for O’Halloran. It is a quote from an unknown source. Bennage explains that she copied the text into her notebook years ago, as a college student, at a time when finding any information in English about Buddhism was relatively hard. She did not copy the source. Therefore there is only this fragment.
Once renunciation and the awakened mind have been fully realized, the way to Buddhahood is clear. Liberation is complete and such liberated beings are bodhisattvas and buddhas: “enlightened ones” or “empty dwellers.” Their usefulness to others both before and after their physical death is impossible to conceive. They are nothing but useful energy leading to liberation for all beings still caught in conditional existence.
That is enlightenment: to become a bubble of pure consciousness, without attachment to any conditional state of affairs, free of the idea of self.
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