Founder, Abbot, Spiritual Director, and Teacher

Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni is founder of Heartwood Refuge, an intentional spiritual community and Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order. She is also the founder and guiding teacher of Correct Cultivation Learning from Buddha Academy. Ordained in Theravada and Mahayana with Vajrayana empowerments, she currently serves as a VP for the US for the Global Buddhist Bhikkhuni Assn and propagates the teachings of her final Master, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III through Correct Cultivation Learning from Buddha Academy as her final work.


Venerable Pannadipa was Founding Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana (Chan) traditions. A former Taoist monk and an initiated yogi, he taught Tien Shen Pai Kung Fu, qigong, Tai Chi and Fitness for more than 26 years. Powerfully present with penetrating awareness, he guided meditators towards jhanic attainment, teaching them how to use this empowerment in all circumstances of practical life. In addition, he had extensive experience assisting in the transition from this life to the next for both humans and animals. Venerable Pannadipa left his body in May 2022.