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Ven. Dr. Pannavati-Karuna & Ven. Pannadipa

THE TRUTH OF THE WAY

JUL 3 - 6, 2014
3 nights:
$120 deposit/$240 total
Plus Dana

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THE TRUTH OF THE WAY

For the cessation of suffering, eight things are given the meditator. It is called the eight fold path, as a sequential breakdown. But, in reality, they occur in a single moment on the occasion of the path.
Visudhimagga XVI.75

The step-by-step process of contemplating the path stands alone in its ability to abolish our inability to understand the way to happiness. As long as one is vague about the world—about its origin, about its ceasing, about the means that lead to its cessation—one cannot recognize the truth or be free from suffering. However, Nibbana (freedom from suffering) is existent and apprehensible here and now by the right means.

Nibbana is uncreated, not arousable by the path. Yet it is reachable by the path! Thus this retreat focuses on Nibbana as the object of meditation with an intention actually to experience aspects of the path's wisdom as it eliminates our inherent tendency toward ignorance. We will start by investigating the characteristic of right seeing, which functions to abolish the darkness of ignorance. We will allow right seeing and each subsequent factor of the path to open the way to the truth of each succeeding factor, thereby leading to an experience of the utter cessation of suffering.

This retreat is open to practitioners with all levels of experience from beginner to advanced. Come with an attitude of confidence in the Dhamma, and build on that.


Ven. Dr. Pannavati-Karuna (also known as Abhayaprajna) is Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and a founding circle director of Women of Compassionate Wisdom—a 21st-century, trans-lineage, international, Buddhist Order and Sisterhood. Ordained in both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is a contemplative engaged in compassionate action and an international teacher engaged in advancing humanitarian causes globally. She was a 2008 recipient of the international Outstanding Buddhist Women's Award, received special commendation from the Princess of Thailand for Humanitarian Acts in 2009, and established the first Thai and Cambodian ordination platforms for women in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

Ven. Pannadipa Bhikkhu is Co-Abbot and Founder of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and a Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana (Chan) traditions. A former Taoist monk and an initiated yogi, he taught Tien Shen Pai Kung Fu, qigong, Tai Chi and Fitness for more than 25 years. Now he teaches retreats, serves as a meditation counselor, and assists in the transition from this life to the next for both humans and animals.