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Transforming Suffering into the Brightness of Wisdom

A Weekend Meditation Retreat with the Venerable Dr. Pannavati

June 22nd & 23rd  
White Rock UMC

1450 Old Gate Lane 
Dallas TX (Parlor, main floor)

Suffering and wisdom are intricately connected. There are issues that are common to all of us in life. But it is how we approach, understand, and resolve issues that determines whether we suffer or not. This weekend, we will investigate shortcuts to transform the way we see obstacles, allowing us to go through adversity joyfully. Connecting a clear, unattached mind to the authentic heart leads to personal and communal transformation; and ultimately to enlightenment.


Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge, a new intentional community, and residential retreat and conference center in Hendersonville, NC. She is president of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions, she remains a disciple of Great Master Kuang Seng, continues Vajrayana empowerments and teachings with beloved Rinpoche Zhaxi Zhouma and received transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemaker. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She conducts retreats nationally at over 50 centers and churches each year sharing living truths that are deep, yet apprehendable. She advises the cultivation of both wisdom and compassionate action. She believes is it fine to sit in temples and meditate and pray when things are good; when they are not, we are compelled to get off our pillows and do something. Let our actions line up with our intentions.


The Venerable Dr. Pannavati will visit Dallas June 22-25, 2018. She will give a public talk and offer an opportunity for a day of meditation practice for interested persons. Her teaching is practical, lively and accessible to new meditators as well as experienced practitioners. More information will be available about the schedule in coming days. Local contact: Lou Wetherbee (

Public Talk

Friday June 22, 2018

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

WRUMC, Parlor

1450 Old Gate Lane

Dallas TX 75218

Day Long Retreat

Saturday June 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

WRUMC, Parlor, First Floor

1450 Old Gate Lane

Dallas TX 75218

This retreat is for anyone who wants to learn that suffering is not inevitable, even in the midst of adversity and distress.  We can learn wise ways to find an awareness that fosters clarity, inner stability and joy in the very midst of our chaotic world. 


Our thoughts actually shape the daily experience of reality.   The guidance and instructions offered by our teacher will help anyone establish a meditation practice or deepen an already established practice so that we can be more at ease even when the circumstances of our lives are troubling.  


Come to all or part of this retreat with Venerable Dr. Pannavati, offering instruction and skillful guidance from a master teacher who welcomes beginners and experienced practitioners alike.


To make this retreat as accessible as possible, you are invited to donate what you can; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Advance registration is requested for the weekend events. 



Retreat fees

(covers facility expense, food and drinks, teacher transportation expenses)


  • Friday only, $10

  • Saturday only $25.  

  • Friday evening plus all day Saturday $30.00

Note:Your generosity to the teacher who gives the teachings without a set fee is most appreciated. 


Preliminary Schedule 

Friday evening. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Dharma Talk and Meditation   

Saturday.   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

A full day of talks, instruction and practice with Q and A


Venue: Maria Kannon Zen Center at White Rock United Methodist Church. 


A light breakfast will be offered. You may wish to bring a sandwich for lunch to enjoy with the soup and drinks which will be provided. More information is available upon registration. 

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