Finding Success In Failure with Natalie Goldberg

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Natalie Goldberg recently had her world turned upside down when she made startling discoveries about her beloved Zen Buddhist teacher. In this moving dialogue, with her characteristic honesty, she tells how being forced to look at his failings, as well as those of her father, helped her see the light in each of us. She explains, "When I looked into betrayal and failure, I also found enlightenment." Hear how she wrestled with her own demons to make sense of the things she never wanted to know. With the familiarity and humor of a good friend, and the insight of a wise teacher, she lends hope and courage the fallibility we all face in those we love-and in ourselves. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Goldberg is an author as well as a prolific painter. She has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for over three decades. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops and she has earned a reputation as a great teacher. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a segment on Spirituality that covered her writing, teaching, painting, and walking meditation. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico. 

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can embrace the bad as well as the good in someone you love
  • How failure and betrayal can lead you to success
  • Why a good writer must be a good listener
  • What changes you may experience when you see things as they really are
  • Why keeping secrets may be the biggest mistake of all
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/9/2004      Program Number: 3067