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The Great Failure

A Bartender, a Monk, and My Unlikely Path to Truth
Narrated by: Natalie Goldberg
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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"The Great Failure is a boundless embrace, leaving nothing out. I wanted to learn the truth, to become whole. If I could touch the dark nature in someone else, I could know it in myself." So begins Natalie Goldberg in this candid exploration of her life. Here, Goldberg makes sense of primary relationships between father and daughter, teacher and student, and exemplifies the accomplishment available when creating daily writing practices - the popular technique she launched in her best-selling Writing Down the Bones. Natalie Goldberg has inspired millions to write in order to develop an intimate relationship with their minds, and a greater understanding of the world in which they live. Now, The Great Failure touches our hearts, and shows us the wellspring of wisdom available when we bravely confront the truths about ourselves, and the events of our lives.

Audiobook read by the author. Program concludes with an exclusive Sounds True interview.

©2007 Natalie Goldberg (P)2007 Natalie Goldberg

Critic Reviews

"Teaching by example, Natalie Goldberg has written a brave and turbulent memoir that is by turns luminous and gritty. A riveting read." (Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way)
"Bravo to Natalie. She shows us how to open the heart, and face into betrayal with courage instead of running from it. She shows us how to transform fear and blame into wisdom and compassion." (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart)

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If you have been let down by anyone. Listen

There are many books on Zen,meditation and Buddhism at large. They often fail because a book cannot truly show anyone the Dharma. In my opinion and to my surprise this book which is considered to be a memoir shows you The Dharma through the actions and experiences of Goldberg. It was a very healing experience where I found great comfort in her willingness to share her suffering and her joy of learning from a teacher with imperfections and breakthroughs. A must for anyone in a spiritual student state.

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  • Stella
  • 01-03-19

So deep and so real, I loved it.

This Audio book was completely gripping. The writer lets you right into her world and you feel privileged to be hearing what you’re hearing. It is intimate and deep. Her experiences with Zen and her teacher and also her accounts of her father and mother were so revealing, I feel I have learnt so many life lessons just by listening to her stories. She is a such powerful spiritual teacher though I know she doesn’t say she is. She most certainly is. Her own realisations make you sit up inside yourself and ask deep questions about your own life. Thank you Natalie Goldberg. I’m about to purchase all of your Audio books as I want to hear more!