This is a dana based retreat. You can read more about the practice of dana here.

Date & Time Details: Opening Day: check in is between 2-5pm, with orientation at 5:30pm and supper at 6pm. Closing Day: ends at 11am.

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739

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Room Assignments: Rooms are double-occupancy. Depending on the number of retreatants, if single rooms are available, we assign them in order of registration to those who registered earliest.

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Introduction to Offering and Ritual Practice

with Venerable Pannavati

March 1 - 3, 2019

This is an introduction to Vajrayana practice as skillful method.

Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. While Buddha reminded us that spiritual rituals cannot replace actual cultivation, he approved of their use to gladden and stabilize the mind in momentary goodness. Rituals are a “reminder” of our intentions that can transform the structure of appearances and create positive habitual tendencies in the mind. An example is when he allowed his disciples to offer formal (verbal) taking of “refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha” or the recitation that came to be known as the Metta sutta. He is often depicted using various hand gestures, purposefully. So, join us in ancient and contemporary exploration of mantra, mudra, visualization, music, and art from several different spiritual traditions. Plan to be inspired as you get out of the head and into the feeling of unity, joy and awakeness. Increase your capacity for happiness, compassion, acceptance and ardour for practice.  This is a dana based retreat.


Venerable Pannavati
Venerable Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and meditation center; Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge and President of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada, Chan, and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. An international teacher, she 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 was a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Buddhist…
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