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Venerable Pannavati

Evening Meditation Talk with Venerable Pannavati (In Person & Online)

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

A Weekend of Practice with Venerable Pannavati

This weekend of practice includes a Friday night Dharma talk followed by a weekend retreat.

The Friday Night Dharma Talk, will be March 11, 7-9PM. It does not require registration.

This evening program is followed by an online weekend retreat March 12-13, 9AM to 430PM.  The weekend retreat requires registration. Details and registration information for the weekend retreat are located here.

At this point we do not know if either of these events will be hybrid (in person & online) or just online.  More information about the Friday Night Dharma talk and weekend retreat is coming.

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.

Registration and Donation

Registration is not needed for this event. SIMS and Teacher dana can be offered online on our Donate page. (Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving). All are welcome regardless of ability to offer dana.

A zoom link will be available on the Online Events page prior to the event.

Thank you for your generosity!


If you have a question for the teacher or about this event, please send it to [email protected].

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March 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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Online and in Person at UFM
4001 9th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98199 United States


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