Teachers: Toni Packer
"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 founded the organization that became Springwater Center and was its resident teacher for many years. Born in Germany in 1927, Toni lived most of her adult life in western New York. Beginning in 1976 she led retreats in the United States and Europe, and continued even through ill health in her later years. Toni left us in August 2013, leaving a legacy of extraordinary recorded talks in which she "lives the work" with a vibrant and passionate intensity.
Toni was also 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.