Pannavati Bhikkhuni

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Wed October 9, 2013

From Baptist to Buddhist: The Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni reflects on experience and wisdom

The Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni, a Buddhist nun known for her humanitarian efforts, delivered the annual Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies at Columbia College on Oct. 8, 2013.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

Before she began her lecture, the Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni looked out at the people standing in the doorway. With every seat filled, the crowd spilled into the hallway, standing room only.

She called them in, inviting students to come sit on the steps leading up to the platform she sat on, or at least sit on the floor up front.

She knew it was a formal setting, she said, but she gave all that up years ago – and she likes her life better this way.

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