Venerable Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni, 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, 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. She was a guest speaker at Buddhafest in Washington DC in 2012, and again in 2013. She also guest teaches at many communities including Insight NY and Spirit Rock’s CDL program.
Venerable Pannavati has realized many other 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.