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Ven. Dr. Pannavati-Karuna & Ven. Pannadipa


JUL 22 - 26, 2015
4 nights:
$160 deposit/$320 total
Plus Dana

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In what sense is insight a power? Understanding impermanence, it is not disappointed by expecting endurance! Knowing suffering, it is not excited, even when experiencing sense pleasure! Comprehending no-self, it is not deceived by an apparent, yet imaginary ego! Apprehending disgust, it is not obsessed by the delight of the adored object. Appreciating disillusion, it does not get addicted, when influenced by greed. Recognizing ceasing as peace, it does not get hooked on any form of arising. Realizing relinquishment, it is not perturbed by any panic induced by clinging! Insight does neither waver, nor hesitate, as if when blinded by ignorance. This penetrative comprehension is neither indecisive, nor ever vacillating as if when in serious doubt, or confused by uncertainty. Vism 703

In this retreat, we will not examine, but actually experience this passage of text. If you are ready to go beyond how to merely be happy with your "things" ...come and experience deeper self-transformation and awakening. Bring ear plugs, an eye mask and an open mind!

Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa are American monks (female and male), ordained both Theravada and Mahayana. Known for their clear and penetrating teachings, ability to assist yogis in deepening meditation and insight, and compassionate service, they are approachable and accessible, offering individual pointing rather than a generalized approach. For information on their school, well and sanitation projects for Untouchables in India, women ordination in Thailand, at-risk youth development in the US, or their lay ministry ordination program, please visit

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.