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Jaya Kula is a vibrant nonprofit community of diverse people learning and practicing in the direct realization traditions of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. Our website is the place where you can learn about our traditions, get TONS of free teachings, and find out about live teachings with our spiritual director, Shambhavi Sarasvati. We would love to connect with you wherever you are.

Come to Live Teachings

Our teaching centers are in the Portlands: Maine and Oregon. If you’re new, try out our Sunday evening satsang. Satsang is a free-range discussion about anything from a spiritual perspective. We always wrap up with a lively community kirtan.

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Tantra Foundations in PDX

Shiva Ardhanishvara
Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 - Sunday, Mar 25, 2018 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tantra Foundations is a four-day immersion for people who want to establish a daily spiritual practice and learn about the View of the direct realization tradition of Trika Shaivism. With Shambhavi Sarasvati in Portland, Oregon. March 22-25, 2018. Registration is open. Read More

Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha in PDX

Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn classical yogic breath techniques for calming your mind, improving digestion, enhancing circulation, opening your subtle channels, experiencing more continuity with life, and feeling more alive. Read More

Satsang and Kirtan with Shambhavi in PDX!

Sunday, Mar 25, 2018 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Satsang is free-flowing conversation about spirituality and life. You can ask any questions you have about anything. The conversation is followed by open-mic, community kirtan.
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Get Streamed Teachings

We got your streaming needs covered with Satsang with Shambhavi, a weekly podcast, our Mahabharata podcast, and video satsangs. New, totally free content is added ridiculously often.

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How to Relate to a Spiritual Teacher

Shambhavi and Students at Kashi HouseShambhavi and Students at Kashi House
Podcast Episode No. 87

Shambhavi describes how students can use the teacher-student relationship to wake up and talks about the alchemy that happens in the process. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now

Fearless Spirituality

Rope SwingRope Swing
Podcast Episode No. 86

What makes direct realization traditions fearless, and how does this fearlessness impact students practicing in these traditions? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now

Super Health, Super Well-Being

Bearing FlowersBearing Flowers
Podcast Episode No. 85

Shambhavi riffs about the recognition that God is everywhere and about ordinary vs. awake health and romance. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now

Householder Ashrama

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Podcast Episode No. 84

What does “Ashrama” mean? What does it mean to be practicing Ashrama while living a householder life? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now

Do Practice

Practice, a.k.a, sadhana, means doing stuff like meditation and mantra (not just reading about it.) Shambhavi would love to see you at a live teaching. That’s how people have realized for thousands of years. But until then, here are some ways to get started waking up and discovering what the heck is going on here. (By “here” we mean in human bodies, on Earth.)

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Shambhavi’s mission is to offer teachings about the nature of the Self and Reality that are accessible, practical, and immediately usable. With great humor, tenderness, and intelligence, she shows us how the principles of direct realization traditions such as Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen apply to the choices we face every day in our lives.

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Read Articles

Wanna know what happened that time when the Dalai Lama got married? Or about drugs and spiritual experience? Or gender karma in spiritual communities? Yeah you do.

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Skepticism and Spiritual Longing

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Kenro Izu KailashKenro Izu Kailash
January 19 2018

Skepticism is a negative belief. It rejects the very source of nourishment for which we are longing. We fear our longing will not be met, and that would be unbearable. Skepticism becomes our armor. A blog post by Shambhavi Sarasvati. Read More

Babies on the Path

Published by Community Post
Mamas and BabiesMamas and Babies
November 29 2017

Three Jaya Kula students, all acupuncturists by trade, have given birth in the past few months! We asked our new mamas to offer their reflections on the intersection of parenthood and spiritual practice. Here’s what they had to say! Alexandra Having a child has actually been really supportive for my spiritual path. Since so much… Read More

Our Traditions

Trika Shaivism from Kashmir and Dzogchen from Tibet are nondual, direct realization traditions. They emphasize discovering your real nature and the nature of reality for yourself.  Living a profoundly uncontrived life is one way to describe the aim of our practice. Many of us also love the teachings of Anandamayi Ma.


Learn About Trika Shaivism & Dzogchen

“Tell me, what is the absolute nature of reality which allows no room for doubt? Listen carefully! Stop holding on to this or that. Inhabit your true absolute nature, and peacefully enjoy the essence of what it is to be alive!” ~Abhinavagupta
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“To live in the world is to be on the way to Self-realization.” ~Anandamayi Ma