Cost: Dana (donation), study booklet available for purchase.

Date & Time Details: Day-long 5-hour training: Saturday, April 13th 7:00am - 12:00pm in the Vajra Hall (Please register)
You may also attend the 65-minute sessions on the following 5 Tuesdays in April from 12:00 - 1:15pm:
April 2nd
April 9th
April 16th
April 23rd
April 30th
(No registration required; these sessions will take place in the Bodhi Hall)

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC

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What is Cultivation? Training and Seminar

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

April 13, 2019

If you are serious about your practice, join us for a profound discourse and discussion. This Chinese Master says merely studying Buddhism is not cultivation. We must cultivate the mind and action of a Buddha to become a Buddha! We will learn the eight fundamental right views and receive instructions for practicing the two sets of seven branch bodhicitta dharma: the Dharma for Great Compassion for All Living Beings as My Mother Bodhicitta and the Dharma of Bodhisattva Correspondence Bodhicitta.

Cost: Dana, study booklet available for purchase. Classes begin with 15 minutes of chanting!


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.  Venerable Pannavati is also a current disciple of Zhaxi Zhouma Rimpoche. An international teacher, she advocates on behalf of dis-empowered women and youth globally, and insists on equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and lay…
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Venerable Pannadipa
Bhikkhu Pannadipa, 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 25 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…
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