with Venerable Pannavati
3/23/2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)
On February 10, 1988, the legendary Ajahn Buddhadasa gave a powerful Dharma Talk during a month-long retreat at Suan Mokkh Monastery in Thailand. His words remain powerful to this day. The talk, entitled “The Prison of Life,” is about learning to understand the thing we call “prison,” and in doing so, learning to understand the thing we call “life.” In the talk, Buddhadasa leads students from the more superficial and easily recognizable aspects of attachment and clinging into the subtler aspects until he finally unravels the essence of attachment, our fundamental problem in life. This talk is a perfect culmination to SIMS’s current exploration of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Noble Truths.
On Friday night, we will hear the talk, read by Ven. Pannavati with her commentary, followed by meditation. Then on Saturday and Sunday, we will unpack and explore each section. We will have several opportunities to investigate the implications of the various prisons in our lives through meditative practice.
Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage 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.
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