The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

by Natalie Goldberg


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804072
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 760,487
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Preface ix

Introduction: Fat Robins Arrive xi

Searching 1

1 On the Shores of Lake Biwa 3

2 Tennis 21

3 A Long Relationship with Zen 26

4 Blossom 31

Wandering 39

5 The Great Spring 41

6 Wrong Way 50

7 Archer City 59

8 A Student Again 70

9 Rain and the Temple 82

Zigzagging 89

10 Dog-Bite Enlightenment 91

11 Iowa 109

12 Writing as a Visual Art 115

13 The Lineage of Literature 123

Losing 131

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

Leaping 167

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

Credits 207

About the Author 208

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and an adventure in reading.