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From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again.
Here, Natalie Goldberg, "a writer both energized and enlightened" (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside.
Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward:Where does this life lead? Who are we?
This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment—that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering—will also burst forth.
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About the Author
NATALIE GOLDBERG is the author of fourteen books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has changed the way writing is taught in this country. She teaches retreats nationally and internationally. She lives in New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Fat Robins Arrive xi
1 On the Shores of Lake Biwa 3
2 Tennis 21
3 A Long Relationship with Zen 26
4 Blossom 31
5 The Great Spring 41
6 Wrong Way 50
7 Archer City 59
8 A Student Again 70
9 Rain and the Temple 82
10 Dog-Bite Enlightenment 91
11 Iowa 109
12 Writing as a Visual Art 115
13 The Lineage of Literature 123
14 In the Crossing 133
15 Losing Katherine 137
16 BJ 146
17 Old Zendo 152
18 Lost Purse 156
19 Another New Year 162
20 Meeting the Chinese in St. Paul 169
21 First Edition 181
22 A Time of No Place 188
23 Zen at the High Chaparral 200
Afterword: The Smoke of Memories 205
About the Author 208
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautifully written and an adventure in reading.