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The Light of Discovery

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To read this book is to encounter the essence of our lives and our everyday concerns. Toni Packer shines her gentle light on fear, compassion, impermanence, attraction, prejudice, enlightenment, and much more as she invites us into our own light of discovery. As she says, "In truth we are not separate from each other, or from the world, from the whole earth, the sun or moon or billions of stars, not separate from the entire universe. Listening silently in silent wonderment, without knowing anything, there is just...
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Overview

To read this book is to encounter the essence of our lives and our everyday concerns. Toni Packer shines her gentle light on fear, compassion, impermanence, attraction, prejudice, enlightenment, and much more as she invites us into our own light of discovery. As she says, "In truth we are not separate from each other, or from the world, from the whole earth, the sun or moon or billions of stars, not separate from the entire universe. Listening silently in silent wonderment, without knowing anything, there is just one mysteriously palpitating aliveness."
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"The Light of Discovery is clear wisdom, accessible to people of all walks of life. Toni Packer's words should be sipped like a good wine."—Arthur Braverman, author of Mud and Water: A Collection of Talks by Zen Master Bassui
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590304525
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 896,573
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Toni Packer began studying Zen at the Rochester Zen Center in 1967 with Roshi Philip Kapleau (author of The Three Pillars of Zen). She teaches and leads retreats at Springwater Center in Springwater, New York.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
To the Reader     xiii
Expectation     1
Why Attach a Name to What Is?     4
Action Without Effort     8
What Is This Work?     11
Nothing Spectacular     24
How Is One to Look?     25
Yearning for Completion     29
Grieving     31
Fear of Silence     37
Images in Relationship     39
Attraction     44
Fact and Story Line     50
Prejudice     55
Awareness and Fear     58
Being Here Now: An Interview     63
Observing What Is     71
Thought     74
The Quest for Enlightenment     75
Psychotherapy and Spiritual Practice     76
Bringing the Unseen to Light: Therapy and Awareness     80
Continuing the Dialogue: Defenses and Awareness     89
Religious Emotions     99
Religious Institutions     103
Schooling     105
Relationships in the Workplace     110
Motives for Performing     113
Right Livelihood     117
Compassion and Impermanence     121
HelpingOthers     124
End of Retreat     126
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