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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

Weekly Satsang with Shambhavi happens around the Bay Area. Satsang is a free-range discussion about anything from a spiritual perspective. We always wrap up with a lively, open-mic community kirtan. Check our calendar for locations, time, and all the deets.

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Fourth Friday Meditation

Shambhavi meditating in San Francisco
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 -

Join us for Fourth Friday meditation (and hanging out): a couple of hours of nonordinary enjoyment every fourth Friday of the month. Read More

Satsang and Kirtan in San Rafael

Satsang at Jaya Kula
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 -

Satsang and Community Kirtan with Shambhavi. Every Sunday at 3:30pm at locations around the Bay Area. Kids are welcome. Feel free to bring musical instruments. Read More

Wisdom Words ~ Text Readings and Discussion

reading group
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 -

A twice-monthly gathering for deep diving into texts from the Trika tradition. In 2020 we’ll continue reading Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and then read the Kashmiri version of the Bhagavad Gita with Abhinavagupta’s commentary. With Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

New Moon Circle

New Moon
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 -

The New Moon Circle is a closed group of engaged Jaya Kula students who meet to study and practice together. Read More

Get Streamed Teachings

We’ve got your streaming needs covered with the weekly Satsang with Shambhavi podcast and video satsangs, too. New, totally free content is added ridiculously often.

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The Sweet Taste

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Shambhavi Sarasvati gives satsang on offering sweetness to the Lord and following a felt sense of goodness and sweetness as the ultimate compass on life’s path. A video from Satsang with Shambhavi Watch More

How are Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen Related?

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Podcast Episode No. 182

At a Satsang with Shambhavi in Eugene, Oregon, a participant asks about the relationship between Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. Shambhavi talks about both the historical and esoteric connections between these traditions. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Why are View Teachings Important?

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Podcast Episode No. 181

In the direct realization traditions, View teachings are said to be the most important teachings a student receives. Why is this so? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Pride, Pleasure, and Suffering

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Podcast Episode No. 180

Our culture rewards identity formation and self-aggrandizement. How does our pleasure in pride-driven self expression get interrupted so we can begin to let go of pride? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Do Practice

Practice, a.k.a, sadhana, means doing stuff like meditation and mantra. Shambhavi would love to see you at a live teaching. 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.)

9PMF single Pilgrims to Openness Play of Awakening The Reality Sutras No Retreat

Get Books

Shambhavi’s mission is to offer teachings about the nature of the Self and reality that are accessible and immediately usable. She shows us how the principles and practices of direct realization traditions such as Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen apply to the choices we face in our lives every day.

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Read The Blog

Wanna know what happened that time when the Dalai Lama got married? Or about drugs and spiritual experience? Or gender karma in spiritual communities? Or dive into Shambhavi’s poetry and songs? Yeah you do.

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Our Traditions

Trika Shaivism (also called Shaiva Tantra or Kashmir Shaivism) from North India 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