Ensuring the community’s sustainability, longevity and continuity of vision and mission. She is also President of Treasure Human Life Foundation. Ordained in the Theravada, Chan, and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, Pannavati was formerly a Christian pastor, and co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and meditation center.
An international teacher who advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally, and insists on equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and lay sangha — she is both contemplatie and empowered for compassionate service. She was a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Buddhist Women’s Award and currently serves as Vice President of the US Chapter of the Global Buddhist Association. Although Ven. Pannavati travels extensively, she offers Dharma Talks and Meditation at HW on a regular basis. Please see the Embracing Simplicity Sangha Activities or find Venerable Pannavati’s calendar here.
Founding Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, 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 26 years. As meditation counselor of the Hermitage, his finely honed skills add unspeakable depth to a practitioner’s experience.
Powerfully present with penetrating awareness, he guides meditators towards jhanic attainment, teaching them how to use this empowerment in all circumstances of practical life. In addition, he has extensive experience assisting in the transition from this life to the next for both humans and animals. Ven. Pannadipa leads Theravada Dharma Talks and Meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi. For times and days, please see the Weekly Activities
Amy Goldweber originally came to Heartwood seeking healing and refuge. Now she wishes to provide that for one and all who come through our doors.
Amy created the nutrition services department of a physician’s private practice in St. Petersburg Florida and then created her own nutrition and health coaching business for individuals and groups. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in business administration, concentrating in entrepreneurship. She then went on to study nutrition and become a registered dietitian, certified health coach and RYT-200.
Amy believes that there are obligatory qualities of a leader in a spiritual community. These include humility, compassion for all members of the Sangha, seeing the nobility in all sentient beings, great respect for the mission and the teachings, and uphold the commitment to continuously polish oneself. Amy makes great effort to embody these leadership qualities on a consistent basis and show proof through action.
Dr. Maureen Hall is the retired clinical director and President of Inspiration Center, Inc. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and B.S. degree in human biology from Logan College of Chiropractic. She received the award of excellence from Logan’s Clinical Science Division and the Basic Technique award from the Chiropractic Science division. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology, is a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, holds Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Mind-Body Medicine Certification (Jon Kabat-Zinn), is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center Community Dharma Leader and ordained Dharmacharya in Pannavati’s lineage.