Natalie Goldberg coming to MCZC Virtual Zendo, January 14

Thursday, January 14, 6pm (sit at 5:30)

Natalie’s talk will be posted on the Mountain Cloud YouTube Station. 

Natalie will speak in our virtual zendo about her new book Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku. 

To attend the event, click our virtual zendo zoom link…

From A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that “make the mind leap.” A good one, he said, lets the mind experience “a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God.” As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku’s spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now.

Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

Instead of dana, please consider purchasing Three Simple Lines which will be published on January 5. 

Natalie Goldberg is the author of fifteen books, including Writing Down the Bones (Shambhala, 1986), which has sold over one million copiesand started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country.

She recently co-edited a collection of talks by revered zen teacher Katherine Thanas, The Truth of This Life (Shambhala, 2018). In her latest memoir Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home (Shambhala, 2018), she shares her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of zen and writing. Her other books include The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life (Shambhala, 2016), the novel Banana Rose (Bantam, 1995), and the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her zen teacher Katagiri Roshi.

5 Responses to Natalie Goldberg coming to MCZC Virtual Zendo, January 14

  1. Nancy VanArsdall January 11, 2021 at 8:02 am #

    My copy of Three Simple Lines arrived 2 weeks ago (I pre-ordered) and I’m absolute loving it. This book may be my favorite…but I always say that with each one. I was even inspired to write my own haiku!

  2. Phyllis Parun January 12, 2021 at 12:31 pm #

    what time zone is this interview in? Im in CT and cant tell what time with not details

    • MCZC January 13, 2021 at 4:02 pm #

      We are in mountain time. If you are in central time, the Thursday sit starts at 6:30 your time and Natalie’s talk will be at 7pm.

  3. Diana Hobson January 14, 2021 at 7:47 pm #

    I missed Natalie’s podcast because I didn’t realize it was on Mountain Time. I am in Pacific Time. Can I listen again. I was so disappointed to miss it. I plan to buy her book.
    Thank you, Diana

    • MCZC January 15, 2021 at 5:46 pm #

      The recording Natalie’s talk will be published on the Mountain Cloud YouTube Station.

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