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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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The Great Goddess and the Way of Awakening

Devi Awake
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A profound, two-day encounter with the Goddesses of North Indian Tantra. Explore the female principle and its relationship to creation and the transmission of teachings. Read More

Satsang with Shambhavi

Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Shambhavi leads a free-flowing conversation during which people ask questions about anything. The conversation is followed by lively community kirtan. Live in Portland, Maine most every Sunday at 6:30. Live-streamed to Portland, Oregon. Read More

The Playground

Dancing with Ganesha
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Shambhavi Sarasvati on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in Portland, ME for a relaxing romp through the Spiritual Playground. Evening includes a dharma talk, practices such as mantra and meditation, open satsang, and kirtan. Read More

The Mahabharata ~ An Epic Tale for Uncertain Times

Krishna and Arjuna
Friday, May 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Shambhavi Sarasvati and the Jaya Kula community for an on-going exploration of the Mahabharata, the great epic tale of human life, dharma and self-realization which contains within it the Bhagavad Gita. Join in anytime. And check out the podcast, too! Read More

Get Streamed Teachings

We 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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Tonglen Meditation

VajrasattvaVajrasattva
Podcast Episode No. 95

Tonglen is a Tibetan word that means “giving and receiving.” The practice of Tonglen helps us to discover that generosity is nourishing and that being generous helps us to feel our wealth. Tonglen is also a powerful tool for getting over the fear of impermanence and for healing ourselves and others. Shambhavi leads a powerful, nondual version of Tonglen. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi.  Listen Now

Breath Immersion and the Golden Egg Meditation

Golden EggGolden Egg
Podcast Episode No. 94

Shambhavi leads a guided meditation to help you to discover your vital energy, primordial intelligence, and indestructible wisdom. Rather than being a watcher, become immersed in the subtle breath and then experience hiranyagarbha, the golden egg in the center of the heart space. Listen Now

Reflection is not Correction

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Podcast Episode No. 93

What is reflection and how is it useful? How can we give reflection to others in a way that is helpful? 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.

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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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Learn About ANANDAMAYI MA

“To live in the world is to be on the way to Self-realization.” ~Anandamayi Ma
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