Nuns at Heartwood Refuge offer teaching, service, inspiration, and serve as role models for how we can make life truly meaningful. True Dharma friends, they are dependent upon the lay sangha for food, clothing, medicine and shelter.
It is right that nuns should be such holders of the container for practice at Heartwood Refuge. Our Co-Abbot Venerable Pannavati, continues the ordination lineage of her (deceased) Master Thich Tu An Nu (Karuna Dharma), the first American woman to become a fully ordained monastic. Venerable has been integral in the re-emergence of the female monk lineage with a history of ordaining contemporary bhikkhunis and providing space for them to both practice the Dharma and assume spiritual leadership roles. Your support will allow this first community of multi-lineage nuns to florish as we represent and coalesce Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions.