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The Brightness of Wisdom: Refining One’s Perception
Dates: May 22, 2020 - May 27, 2020
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Pannavati Bhikkhuni

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Suffering and wisdom are intricately connected. How we approach, understand and resolve the issues of life impacts whether we suffer or not. Drawing from the Pali suttas (The Greater Exhortation to Rahula) and Vajrayana texts (selections from Dudjom Lingpa’s Nang-jang), we will transform the way we see obstacles and go through adversity unsullied, even joyfully. Each day we will undertake a progressive "oceanic mind-essence" practice to aid in correctly perceiving emptiness. Connecting a clear, unattached mind to the authentic heart is necessary for personal and communal transformation, and ultimately enlightenment. This program will include instruction, study, reflection, group discussion, and meditation. 

Learning Intentions:

To learn how we mentally construct our own experiences of what we call "life"; be able to take responsibility for how we see and understand experiences; improve our capacity to deconstruct destructive mental processes; and experience the immediate effect of applying a profound dharmic prerequisite to mindfulness meditation practice that is, in the Buddha's words, "of good fruit and of good benefit."

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni is Co-founder and Spiritual Director of Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC, a multi-lineage retreat center and intentional spiritual community; and Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order. Ordained in Theravada and Mahayana traditions and a recipient of numerous international humanitarian awards she is both contemplative and engaged in compassionate action, world-wide. Pannavati currently serves the Global Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, as a VP for the United States.