Teachers: Toni Packer (retired)
"The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love and
intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter
ancient or impressive — it has nothing to do with time. It
completely on its own when a human being questions, wonders,
and looks without getting stuck in fear, pleasure and pain.
concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open. The
the essence of all life is not separate from the silent
simple listening." — Toni Packer
Toni Packer is involved in exploring how thought constructs images of self and other, how authority is created, how separation and conflict come into being, and what happens when there is awareness and insight.
Born in Germany, Toni has lived most of her adult life in
New York. From 1976 until recently, she has led retreats in
America and Europe. Health issues now prevent Toni from
in retreat, but the Center continues to hold retreats
recorded talks. The passionate intensity with which Toni
work" clearly comes alive in her recorded talks.
She is the author of six books, including Seeing Without Knowing / What is Meditative Inquiry, The Work of This Moment, The Light of Discovery, The Wonder of Presence and The Silent Question. Toni makes no special claim to authority. Her approach is at once simple, radical and ordinary.