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Venerable Pannavati

Venerable Pannavati Friday Evening Talk (In Person & Online)

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Friday Evening Talk
June 21st 7:00 – 9:00 PM PT
Saturday & Sunday Non-residential Retreat
June 22-23 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PT

Register Here for the weekend retreat

The Zoom link to this event will be available 30 mins before it starts on the Online Events page.


Join us for a weekend with Guest Teacher Venerable Pannavati. There will be a Friday evening Online Program and a weekend Online retreat. No registration is required for the Friday evening program. Registration will be required for this weekend retreat.

Teacher 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 & Donation

Registration for this retreat is required. The suggested event donations are listed below, plus teacher dana. Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. Donations for SIMS can be offered on our website on the Donate page.

A zoom link and all information about joining this event will be sent to everyone who registers.

All are welcome. For questions about the retreat, please contact

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June 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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