A Weekend of Practice with Venerable Pannavati (In Person & Online)
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 13, 2022
This is a 2 day non-residential retreat, Saturday March 12 – Sunday, March 13. At this time we do not know if this will be hybrid (in-person & online) or only online. Just in case this retreat is offered in-person, we are asking all registrants to please choose your preference of in-person or online during registration.
More info and retreat description to come!
The retreat is preceded by a Friday evening program. Details for the Friday program can be seen here.
Venerable Pannavati’s Bio
Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service.
An international teacher, she advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally, and insists on equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and lay sangha. She was a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Buddhist Women’s Award.
In 2009, she received a special commendation from the Princess of Thailand for Humanitarian Acts and she ordained Thai Bhikkhunis, on Thai soil with Thai monks as witnesses.
In May 2010 she convened a platform of Bhikkhunis to ordain the first 10 Cambodian Samaneris in a Cambodian temple, witnessed by Cambodian abbots including Maha Thera Ven. Dhammathero Sao Khon, President of the Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks of the USA.
Ven. Pannavati continues to visit Thailand each year, ordaining, training, offering support for the nuns and assisting in their projects. In 2013 she arranged for 500 books to be sent to both elementary and secondary schools in Rayong. She is also raising funds to improve security at the compounds, as this is an utmost concern in some areas of Thailand.
Venerable is a founding circle director of Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom, a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order and Sisterhood formed by Ani Drubgyuma in 2006.
In 2011, Venerable adopted 10 “untouchable” villages in India, vowing to help them establish an egalitarian community based on Buddhist principles of conduct and livelihood, providing wells, books, teachers and micro-loans for women.
If you have a question for the teacher or about this event, please send it to [email protected].
A zoom link and all information about joining this event will be sent to everyone who registers.