Special Event on Oct. 28th: A visit by Ven. Pannavati

Co-sponsored by the UUFSC and Insight Meditation Modesto, Ven. Pannavati will be visiting Modesto on Oct. 28th.

Ven. Pannavati will be offering two sermons on the morning of Oct. 28th, at the UUFSC (2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto) at 9am and 11am:

1.  Overcoming fear, uncertainty and a sense of failure in an ever-changing world.  Ven. Pannavati will discuss the road less traveled…a path to overcoming the 8 worldly dhammas: praise & blame, loss & gain, fame & shame, pleasure & pain.

2.  Riding the paradox – Ven. Pannavati will discuss how to develop a framework for thought and action in the world that leads to a limitless compassion in which all disparity vanishes.

There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch (and meal offering to Ven. Pannavati) after the second service – please bring a meal to share, if you like

We will have an afternoon retreat with Ven. Pannavati from 1-3:30pm with sitting meditation, a Dharma talk and time for discussion

Venerable Dr. Pannavati, a yogini, former Christian pastor, founding Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, and a founding director of Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom (a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist order), ordained in Theravada and Chan Schools, a Zen Dharma Holder and Vajrayana practitioner as well,  Ven. Pannavati’s insight is rich with compassion, wit and humor.   Known for her ordination of Thai and Cambodian nuns, work with homeless youth in Appalachia, and ministry to the “untouchables” in India, she is the recipient of multiple Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards, and received a special commendation from HRH Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand for humanitarian service towards women and children.  A guest speaker at Buddhafest in Washington DC this year, and returning next year, in 2013, she also guest teaches at many communities including Insight NY and Spirit Rock’s CDL program. Venerable Pannavati has realized many outer accomplishments.  Yet, larger than all these put together, is her simple concern for and connection to all sentient beings.  She is, in a word, approachable.

If you would like to support her visit, (costs for her to fly to the West Coast are approx. $800), please consider making a donation which will be used for her travel expenses (any excess monies will be used for her work in India).  You can make a PayPal donation online on her website and read about the work she is supporting in India.

Insight Meditation Modesto operates on a generosity-based “all-donation” model. Please consider supporting Ven. Pannavati, the UUFSC and IMM to continue these kinds of offerings in Modesto.

For more information, please contact Lori at insightmeditationmodesto@gmail.com or 209-343-2748.

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