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The Work of This Moment

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In this compelling collection of talks, essays, interviews, and letters, Toni Packer presents a radically simple and original approach to spiritual growth free from religious authority, doctrine, symbolism, and ceremony. A former Zen teacher and student of Krishnamurti's work, Toni Packer goes beyond traditional religion and explores with the reader the root of human attac ...more
Paperback, 99 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Shambhala (first published March 28th 1988)
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Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I met the great Toni Packer in the spring of 1986 - a full 35 years ago this month - I was elated. I was disappointed in a way, too, that she lived and worked in the Rochester, New York, area - too far away with my busy career to make a weekend trip there and back.

Already I was slated to travel to the Netherlands that summer on business and my dance card was filling. So it was, then, that I realized with regret that my one opportunity to study Buddhism under a fully realized teacher was not
Jason Comely
With choice questions Toni manages to go beyond doctrine, traditions and concepts to the root of anger, fear, attachment. After reading this illuminating book, Zen Buddhist rituals and koans seem antithetical to liberation of the mind, or at least a hindrance.

So glad I found this book.
Lucka Strmisková
O Toni Packerové jsem nikdy předtím neslyšela a bohužel ani po přečtení knihy o ní nic moc nevím. Stejně jako se knize nepodařilo neznalému čtenáři Toni představit, tak stejně tak jsem v ní nenašla skutečné vysvětlení, proč opustila budhismus a v čem je její cesta lepší. Závěrečné odpovědi čtenářům se do celkového pojetí knihy nehodí a vypadají, že jsou na konec přidány jen kvůli předepsanému počtu stránek.
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I want to pull myself out of a Krishnamurti phase, I usually shift to Packer. She's deeply influenced by K., but writes in a more direct and simple manner that is always appealing. It's great to have these little books that bear reading again and again. ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love the simplicity of toni packer's message that all the work we need to do can be found in each moment... ...more
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“What is personal death?

Asking this question and pausing to look inward - isn't personal death a concept? Isn't there a thought-and-picture series going on in the brain? These scenes of personal ending take place solely in the imagination, and yet they trigger great mental ad physical distress - thinking of one's cherished attachments an their sudden, irreversible termination.

Similarly, if there is 'pain when I let some of the beauty of life in' - isn't this pain the result of thinking, 'I won't be here any longer to enjoy this beauty?' Or, 'No one will be around and no beauty left to be enjoyed if there is total nuclear devastation.'

Apart from the horrendous tragedy of human warfare - why is there this fear of 'me' not continuing? Is it because I don't realize that all my fear and trembling is for an image? Because I really believe that this image is myself?

In the midst of this vast, unfathomable, ever-changing, dying, and renewing flow of life, the human brain is ceaselessly engaged in trying to fix for itself a state of permanency and certainty. Having the capacity to think and form pictures of ourselves, to remember them and become deeply attached to them, we take this world of pictures and ideas for real. We thoroughly believe in the reality of the picture story of our personal life. We are totally identified with it and want it to go on forever. The idea of "forever" is itself an invention of the human brain. Forever is a dream.

Questioning beyond all thoughts, images, memories, and beliefs, questioning profoundly into the utter darkness of not-knowing, the realization may suddenly dawn that one is nothing at all - nothing - that all one has been holding on to are pictures and dreams. Being nothing is being everything. It is wholeness. Compassion. It is the ending of separation, fear, and sorrow.

Is there pain when no one is there to hold on?

There is beauty where there is no "me".”
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