Entering the Path of Meditation
Venerable Dr. Pannavati
August 23–27, 2017
The Buddha sought liberation for 6 years. He mastered various practices but found them all to be unsatisfactory. Then, he recalled his attainment of jhana when he was young under the rose-apple tree. On the night of his awakening, he was in deep concentration coupled with periodic times of intense reflection. This led to an illumination; a supra-consciousness he called nibbana. The fire was put out, there was no longer mental tightening, craving or suffering. It is only THIS mind that can be equanimous in the face of life’s vicissitudes. He left instructions for just how to practice this meditation step-by-step. At first we will practice short sits and gradually extend as we strip away hindrances and correct technique. Suitable for all practitioners.
Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. As a Buddhist monastic, she advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally. She was a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Buddhist Women’s Award. 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. Ven. Pannavati founded My Place, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC, which has housed more than 75 homeless youth between the ages of 17 and 23 over the past 4 years. That effort has evolved into a separate 501(c)(3) which has its own academic platform, jobs training program, residential program and social enterprise, My Gluten Free Bread Company.