this compelling collection of talks, interviews, and letters, Toni Packer
provides a comprehensive overview of the path of meditative inquiry—a
nondenominational approach to spiritual growth that emphasizes the direct
experience of the present moment. "The immense challenge for each one of
us," Packer writes, "is can we live our lives, at least for moments
at a time, in the wonder of presence that is the creative source of
everything?" She shows how we can transform fear, anger, guilt, and
attachment to our self-image through simple, direct awareness. Having recently
lost her husband of fifty years, Packer also speaks with candor and tenderness
about the convulsions of a grieving heart and the peace that undivided
awareness can bring.
Packer began studying Zen in 1967 with Roshi Philip Kapleau (author of
Three Pillars of Zen
at the Rochester Zen Center and was eventually named his successor. Seeing the
potentially destructive effects of relying too much on tradition, however, she
did not accept the position. Packer is strongly influenced by the teachings of
Krishnamurti and has turned away from the traditional forms and hierarchies
that are prevalent in many Buddhist schools. Her approach is appealing to many
Westerners who find institutionalized practices such as chanting, bowing, and
burning incense to be alien and unnecessary.
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