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When longtime Zen practitioner and world-renowned writing teacher Natalie Goldberg learns that she has a life-threatening illness, she is plunged into the challenging realm of hospitals, physicians, unfamiliar medical treatments, and the intense reality of her own impermanence. In navigating this foreign landscape, Natalie illuminates a pathway through illness that is grounded in the fierce commitment to embrace the suffering directly. In the middle of this, her partner discovers that she too has cancer. The cancer twins, as Natalie calls them, must together and apart grapple with survival, love, and the rawness of human connection. This book is a moving meditation on living a genuine life in full bloom.

 

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DARMA TALKS at UPAYA ZEN CENTER

 

Lately what’s surfaced are the years in my 20s and early 30s when I practiced Zen and studied with Natalie Goldberg, author of “Writing Down the Bones” and many other books; Zen animates her writing and her teaching. She lives in New Mexico. Lately she’s been giving monthly talks at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, filmed in an empty meditation hall. She gave a lecture this week that sank all the way in. She discussed the pleasure of previous talks, when the bonus was sharing dinner together with the group afterward. (Natalie has always incorporated food into her work — “Eating is the one place where we’re all truly present,” she’s said — which is one reason I feel such kinship to her.)

 

She expressed hope for sharing communal meals again soon and then paused. “But we don’t know where we’re going,” she said. “We just don’t know. I do know that I look outside … past the double doors with glass … it’s much lighter now than it was a month ago. So spring — the seasons — know what they’re doing, even though we don’t.” (Los Angeles Times, Bill Addison, April 18th, 2020)

 

 

 


 

PRAISE FOR LET THE WHOLE THUNDERING WORLD COME HOME:

“Grounded, heartbreaking, and full of hope, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Homeshows us how to meet the reality of illness and recovery head-on with courage and grace.”—Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

“This is the book that didn’t exist: an unflinchingly gorgeous exploration of being sick while being very much alive. Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home is both generous and wise, glorious proof that our darkest moments are also our most illuminating, that being vulnerable is an act of true courage, and that often we are most present and awake when our future is uncertain. This book is both a comfort and a wonder. I couldn’t put it down.”—Katie Arnold, author of Running Home

“This riveting and deeply honest book is for all of us. It opens up the road of diagnosis, dying, and life in a way no other book I have read does. It is a powerful narrative of truth and rawness that will touch and teach us.”—Joan Halifax, PhD; abbot, Upaya Zen Center; founder of the Project on Being with Dying; author of Being with Dyingand Standing at the Edge

“Fragile, bare, and enormous, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Homemasterfully prepares us, young and old, with medical wisdom, love, and insight for our inevitable moments of facing death.”—Kazuaki Tanahashi, author of Painting Peace

“With alert stillness infused with intention, Natalie Goldberg meets mortality head-on. Beautifully written, this is a book about love, loss, and down-to-the-marrow courage.”—Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate