|# of Units:||6 CDs|
|Length:||6 hours, 45 minutes|
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This book is both short and thin. In it the author attempts to tackle some painful experiences related to both her teacher, Katagiri Roshi, and her father and maybe use the effort as a way of inner growth. Her feelings and thoughts appear to be highly unresolved. She ends up revealing her own inner struggle, and it doesn't make for inspiring reading. She shows herself to be judgmental and small-minded. Her relationship with her parents isn't what one would expect from a long-time Buddhist student and sometimes teacher. For those of us who looked up to her in the past, this book pops the bubble.
I have listened to other books by Natalie Goldberg and she would be well served (as would we all) for her to have someone else read her books. I find her delivery to be a difficult distraction. As a fellow Buddhist, I found her reactions to her life (in relation to her years of Zen study) rather curious. Nor was it very interesting. Unfortunate considering the fact that she did attempt to tackle some difficult subjects (personal abuse and teacher integrity). I was hoping for more, and can only report that I did finish the tapes. Too bad!
Natalie Goldberg is a poet, teacher, and the author of eleven books, including her classic, "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within--"which has sold more than a million and a half copies and has been translated into fourteen languages--"Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway, Living Color, "and "The Great Failure". She has taught seminars for thirty years to people from around the world, and lives in northern New Mexico.