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Writings by Natalie Goldberg from the pages of the Shambhala Sun

Our January 2011 issue includes "Another New Year," a new piece from Natalie Goldberg, bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones; here you'll find all of her previous writing that has appeared in the magazine.

Just click any article's title to start reading.

To view the contents of our January 2011 issue, click here.



Another New Year

Sitting still in the dark zendo at Upaya Zen Center and breathing with others is exactly what Natalie Goldberg needs. On this last night of the year, she wonders what this human life is all about.


One Heart

Effort and longing, frailties and aspirations—we're in this together says Natalie Goldberg, and it is so much bigger than we are.

Meeting the Chinese in St. Paul: Rhino Hits the Midwest

A season devoted to the koans of the ancient Chinese Masters gave Natalie Goldberg a taste for the stripped-down, naked truth of things. As she searched Minnesota for an elusive rhinoceros, a simple truth revealed itself: I’m broken and I’m free.

A Time of No Place

Natalie Goldberg recalls a time when the bottom fell out of her life, when her place, purpose, and even her Zen practice seemed groundless. Was that a problem or the very point?

On the Shores of Lake Biwa

“Dogen?” her Japanese friend said, “no one understands him.” “Zen training?” she is warned, “too hard for a human being.” Natalie Goldberg goes to Japan in search of real Zen, and finds it on the shores of Lake Biwa. Her days at the monastery are just about as tough as advertised, but at the end she reaches Almond Joy.

The Great Spring

Natalie Goldberg moves to Minnesota in winter to search for her late teacher, Dainin Katagiri Roshi. Will she find him at the first sign of spring?


Zen Mind, Writer's Mind

Natalie Goldberg’s classic Writing Down the Bones introduced writing as a spiritual practice. She discusses Zen and the writer's practice with author and Buddhist teacher Steve Hagen.


The Midwest Zen Summer of 1983

Natalie Goldberg remembers down-home days bringing Zen to the Plains.

The Rain and The Temple

"Pushing the dripping hair from my face, the rain running down my cheeks, I speak to my old teacher. ‘I’m here. It took me a while, but I made it.’ Natalie Goldberg visits the tomb of her teacher Katagiri Roshi in Japan.


 


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