Friday, 21 October 2016

Toni Packer

                Toni Packer broke with Philip Kapleau, splitting the membership of the Rochester Zen Center in half. At what would become the Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry, she was stubbornly nondirective. There was, she pointed out, no “technique” for what they were doing. Naturally, some people found the approach discouraging. They wanted direction, and she refused to define procedures. There were, she insisted, no “authorities” who could lead one to what she called “awareing” or the “work of the moment.” One needed only to attend simply and directly to what was happening moment to moment.

[Toni Packer - Cypress Trees in the Garden: 385-408]
[See also: Springwater Center]

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