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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natalie Goldberg Narrator: Natalie Goldberg Publisher: Sounds True Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN:
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From best selling author Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), here is the story of her life as a spiritual seeker struggling to free the writer within, a vividly told odyssey that takes you from the 1950s schoolyards of Long Island to the high plains of Taos to the Zen temples of Japan. Threaded with the story of Goldberg's 12-year relationship with legendary Zen master Katagiri Roshi, Long Quiet Highway illustrates the challenges - and rewards - that unfold when a Western student seeks a teacher of Eastern wisdom. As she puts it, In the West, a teacher imparts knowledge to a student. In the East, a teacher transmits not more or less than his or her being. In a never-before-published interview, Goldberg describes the process of finding the right teacher, and speaks out about the problems that can arise from this uniquely close relationship.

Observant and relentlessly honest, Long Quiet Highway starts out as a reflection on the people, places, and experiences that helped Natalie Goldberg discover the transformational power of writing. Soon it crystallizes into a greater work - a winding koan that cuts through sentiment to get at the truth of the spiritual life and the discipline needed to achieve it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/29/2014

    " I reread this book every year. It changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nita | 1/19/2014

    " I believe this is, by far, Nat's best book. I love the structure (she starts with her teachers and leads us gently to Katagiri Roshi). And along the way we get to learn about writing, her life in New Mexico and lots of other good stuff too, especially about how writing practice evolved. Writing Down the Bones is the bible, but this is next best to me in the Nat collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 1/17/2014

    " A good memoir about zen and writing. It takes place in New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota and California. Writing is a form of meditation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/26/2013

    " A friend gave me this book some years ago and it was such a lovely, pleasurable reading experience about one woman's journey to a more peaceful, productive, meaningul life. It might help that she is a writer and teacher, something I could relate to! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaina | 11/17/2013

    " This one was suggested by a friend, sort of. It took me a while to get used to the writing style, but overall, I enjoyed the book. I love when a book can open my mind to a different way of thinking. This story definately does that. There are so many aspects to the story: feminism, the 70's hippy culture, writing, religion, friendship, love, and pushing one's own boundaries. Not for everyone, but I am glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 10/31/2013

    " Finished this book in Lassen on a month road trip. I still miss reading by the fire. Amazing insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 StudioWellspring~Anjie | 10/27/2013

    " excellently well written, thought provoking, and an insta-fave for me. natalie goldberg is a very talented lady. i highly recommend this toeveryone ~ whether you're an aspiring writer, or a buddhist practitioner, or neither of those this book will captivate you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 10/16/2013

    " inspirational to writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vid | 10/10/2013

    " This is a book I try to read at least once a year. And I always cry and am always inspired by it. It hits me on so many levels, but primarily it is about being Awake and really Present in one's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 10/6/2013

    " I love Goldberg's honesty, clarity, humor. We write what we are, so her personal journey is interesting to me, as well as the way she expresses herself. Beautiful writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ginny browne | 8/11/2013

    " one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/9/2013

    " my first natalie book (read maybe 2001 or 2002?) and i loved it (5 stars) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sschoville | 7/18/2013

    " This book is good if you like Writing Down the Bones and want to read more Natalie Goldberg. It goes into more detail about her personal journey in writing, and explores her Zen Buddhist practice. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you already interested in the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Tsukada | 5/16/2013

    " A memoir about writing, zen meditation and long winters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/7/2013

    " Read this on a bus trip, appropriately enough. She has such a clear, brave writing voice and some really useful insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/14/2012

    " This book is about two of my favorite things: writing and buddhism. As always, I was deeply drawn into Natalie Goldberg's narrative, and I was able to connect with it on many levels--i.e. The idea that writing and buddhism run on parallel paths. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elly Sands | 9/17/2012

    " Although I really enjoyed Natalie's "Writing Down the Bones" I found this book very annoying. A bit of a memoir mainly about her experience with Buddhism. Ironically I felt very little humility from her and a case of over self indulgence. But then again who am I to judge? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/26/2012

    " I picked it up for writing inspiration, but I also found her spiritual quest into Buddhism compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/18/2012

    " Alas, I obliterated my review. Will redo later. If anyone would like to borrow the book, I have it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Redsand | 12/18/2011

    " I'm rereading this one. It's another of my all-time favorites. It's about writing as spiritual practice. Natalie's teacher, Katagiri Roshi, tells her the same thing Suzuki says, that if you go all the with something, it will take you to enlightenment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 3/24/2011

    " Wonderful memoir of a writer's life and a Buddhist's life. Highly engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/12/2011

    " A little slow in parts, but I really appreciated her take on zen practice and her impressions of her teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/28/2010

    " Right after my holocaust lit phase came my introspective, I want to be a writer phase. This was the best of the lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/14/2010

    " Finished this book in Lassen on a month road trip. I still miss reading by the fire. Amazing insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 11/1/2010

    " Wonderful memoir of a writer's life and a Buddhist's life. Highly engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 8/20/2010

    " I'm rereading this one. It's another of my all-time favorites. It's about writing as spiritual practice. Natalie's teacher, Katagiri Roshi, tells her the same thing Suzuki says, that if you go all the with something, it will take you to enlightenment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 7/18/2010

    " A little slow in parts, but I really appreciated her take on zen practice and her impressions of her teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette | 7/9/2010

    " This is probably my favorite book by Natalie. She is incredible. I love the memoir vingnettes scattered throughout her advice for writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/13/2009

    " I picked it up for writing inspiration, but I also found her spiritual quest into Buddhism compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 amy | 11/21/2009

    " Nothing I could possibly write would do this book justice. I Loved it with a capital 'L' and I feel inspired to... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/8/2009

    " Alas, I obliterated my review. Will redo later. If anyone would like to borrow the book, I have it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/6/2009

    " An old favorite, revisited. Gentle memoir of feeling one's way through both writing and Buddhism. "

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