Event Details

The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for Buddhist Studies and American Culture & Values and Naropa University are pleased to host an evening lecture with Venerable Pannavati.

A Heart of Gold

When we are seeking the spiritual way of life, we agree to abandon the "I" and "my" making. We do this only when we are convinced that "I" and "my" making cannot bring us deep and lasting happiness -- cannot uproot our secret fears and hidden faults. Only then can we surrender ourselves to another discipline in anticipation of realizing a further freedom and release.

Venerable Pannavati, founder of Heartwood Refuge & Retreat Center and Co- Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage is known for her wit, compassion, and laughter. A former Christian pastor ordained in both Theravadan and Chan lineages, she is also a Zen Dharma Holder and Vajrayana practitioner.

She is known internationally for her engagement in global projects of socio-economic upliftment and conducts teaching retreats throughout the country sharing the Dharma in a way that is approachable and relevant to all. Still recognized primarily as a forest monk, she concedes: “People are my forest.”

Pannavati holds a doctorate in comparative religion, but this was not her “school” of learning; rather an immersion over six decades in direct spiritual practice of Taoism, Shamanism, Vedanta, and Judeo-Christianity (from Baptist through Charismatic). Closest to monastic affinity as a way of life she was a direct disciple of Taoist Patriarch Chenzonglong, Buddhist masters Ching Hai, QinYin and Kuang Seng; and Zen Roshi Tetsugen Bernie Glassman. Although acquainted only through their teachings, she shares many views with the controversial Venerable Buddhadasa and Ajahn Chah. A current disciple of Zhaxi Zhouma Rinpoche of the Buddhayana Dorje Change lineage (Tibetan), she is not afraid of controversy herself!


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the event.

  • When: Thu Mar. 14
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Address: 6287 Arapahoe Avenue
    Boulder CO,US 80301

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