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Toni Packer

1927 – 2013 CE

A Zen teacher minus the 'Zen' and minus the 'teacher.’

Toni Packer (1927 – 2013)
Dropped-out successor to famous Zen teacher Phillip Kapleau, developer of the "meditative inquiry" practice, and founder of the Springwater Center; Toni Packer grew up in Nazi Germany needing to hide her Jewish heritage while becoming increasingly skeptical of authority. Following in the Krishnamurti lineage of spiritual anti-authoritarianism, she stopped calling herself a “Buddhist” and became "...a Zen teacher minus the 'Zen' and minus the 'teacher.’ ” Exiled from the Rochester Zen Center, she taught finding the essence, the sense, the true meaning hidden by dogma, rituals, organized religions and cultural traditions.



Light of Discovery

Quotes by Toni Packer (9 quotes)

“The solution of the problem lies in seeing it—in the seeing, without wanting a solution, or dissolution—just seeing what’s there”

from Light of Discovery

Chapters: 27. No Trace

Themes: Wu Wei

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“In the expectation of wonderful things to happen in the future, one doesn’t hear the sound of the wind and rain, the breath and heartbeat this instant.”

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Chapters: 16. Returning to the Root, Meditation

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“To really be with the raw stuff of this moment doesn't need identification or labeling.”

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Chapters: 1. The Unnamed

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“It's such a relief to realize that we don't have to be anything.”

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Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

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“There is no place to go. The whole foundation is already here in each one of us.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

Themes: Travel

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“In truth we are not separate from each other or from the world… there is just one mysteriously palpitating aliveness.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Magic Indra's Net

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“When self-concern is quiet… heaven and earth are open.”

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

Themes: Egolessness

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“But these are all thoughts, feelings, labels… what is the real thing? — this instant of not expecting anything!”

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

Themes: Sacred World

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“There is beauty where there is no ‘me’”

Chapters: 13. Honor and Disgrace

Themes: Emptiness Beauty

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