The Venerable Pannavati, known as the world's only black Buddhist nun, is coming to Seattle for a weekend of service and education at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District and NalandaWest in Fremont.
Pannavati started a bakery run by homeless youth in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where she is also co-abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage. She is ordained in Theravada and Mahyana Buddhist traditions and has built a career as a social activist.
Pannavati will be serving homeless youth Aug. 21 at ROOTS at 1415 NE 43rd St., from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is asking people to sign up for two-hour shifts cooking, serving food and cleaning up. Registration closes Aug. 19.
On Aug. 22, Pannavati will lead teachings, meditation and education with a slideshow by Facing Homelessness, a local nonprofit that runs the Facebook page Homeless in Seattle and facilitates work and relationships between homeless and housed people. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NalandaWest at 3902 Woodland Park Ave. N.
Tickets are $75, with discounts for seniors, students and people who work with homeless youth, such as case workers, youth center staff and volunteers. To purchace tickets or learn more about dicounted tickets, visit tiny.cc/pannaati.