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In What Sense is Insight a Power?
Dates: Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 15, 2017
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Pannavati Bhikkhuni

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An authentic breakthrough in “insight” is neither indecisive, vacillating in serious doubt, or confused by uncertainty. Even more so, it is empowering and transformative. The reflections and discussions in this workshop will focus on these breakthroughs through understanding impermanence, knowing suffering, comprehending no-self, appreciating disillusion, recognizing ceasing as peace and realizing true relinquishment. We will examine what it means to not be disappointed, excited, deceived, obsessed, addicted, hooked on any form of arising, or perturbed. The textual sources will be suttas from the Pali Canons and the chapter on insight from Visuddhimagga. The focus of the program will be on using concentration meditation as our laboratory from which to emerge and engage in creative reflections.

  • 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.