We are all subject to eight worldly conditions: praise and blame, loss and gain, pleasure and pain, fame and shame. The question is, what is the distinction between the “uninstructed run-of-the-mill person” caught in their web and the “well-taught disciple” who is without sorrow? During this half-day retreat, we will reflect on the life-changing insight offered by the Buddha on how to overcome the vicissitudes of life. This retreat is suitable for all levels and will include a short sutta reading and discussion followed by four Dharma contemplations interspersed with sitting meditation periods.
Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is cofounder and co-abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and codirector of Heartwood Refuge, a new intentional community and residential retreat and conference center in Hendersonville, NC. She is president of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions, she remains a disciple of Great Master Kuang Seng, continues Vajrayana empowerments and teachings with beloved Rinpoche Zhaxi Zhouma and received transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemaker. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She conducts retreats nationally at over fifty centers and churches each year, sharing living truths that are deep, yet apprehendable. She advises the cultivation of both wisdom and compassionate action. Read more about Ven. Pannavati here.