Jaya Kula is a vibrant nonprofit community of diverse people learning and practicing in the direct realization traditions of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. Teachings are offered mainly in Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon. Shambhavi Sarasvati is our spiritual director.
Jaya Kula exists to support its community and all people in the natural process of unfoldment toward self-realization.
We envision continuing to host a collaborative, sustainable, supportive mandala of people who are committed to waking up and becoming living examples of the human potential to embody wisdom, skill, compassion, tenderness, devotion, freedom of expression, and spontaneity.
Our practice is firmly rooted in the direct realization traditions of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. These are householder, not monastic or ashram traditions. We work, study, raise families, make art and music, hang out, and fully engage with life. We try our best to approach everything we do as an opportunity to wake up.
The direct realization traditions, such as Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen, are “find out for yourself” traditions. They are not faith or belief or dogma-based. We do spiritual practice in order to explore the nature of the self and reality directly.
Many of us maintain a substantial daily seated practice of one to several hours a day. Our practices include mantra, meditation, kriya yoga, ritual, hatha yoga, kirtan, and self care.
The goal of our practice is to embody uncontrived naturalness, freedom of expression, kindness and devotion by coming to recognize ourselves as aspects of the continuous wisdom of an alive, aware reality.
You are invited to participate for a day or a lifetime. We require no membership and no commitment to our traditions. People from any tradition or none are welcome to practice with us.
In order to achieve our mission, we try our utmost to embody total integrity in our organizational and personal interactions.
We are committed to:
- financial honesty and transparency;
- providing a welcoming environment for all people who want to join us in practice;
- faithfully representing the teachings;
- keeping our promises;
- using the tools of our tradition to respectfully explore our diverse perspectives, cultures, histories, and experiences; and
- establishing and maintaining a community culture of nonviolence.
By embodying these expressions of integrity, our Board, teachers, and the students of Jaya Kula collectively strive to create and maintain favorable circumstances for people to receive teachings and do spiritual practice.
Jaya Kula’s Spiritual Director
Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet. Shambhavi is a householder sannyasini and a devotee of Anandamayi Ma.
What does “Jaya Kula” mean?
Jaya means victory, and Kula means family. In the Tantrik tradition, kula has the specific meaning of a group of practitioners who are studying with a teacher and comprise the teacher’s spiritual family. Victory means waking up.
How can I get started?
The best place to start is by exploring the Jaya Kula website. You’ll find our full calendar of teachings and events, links to resources, and more information about Shambhavi, the tradition and our community.
If you like what you see, the next step is to attend satsang. Satsang means “being in reality together.” During satsang, Shambhavi gives a dharma talk. This is followed by question and discussion time. Satsang concludes with open-mic community kirtan. Satsangs are held every Sunday and sometimes more often.
shelter in Place updates
We have established a resource page where you can find out about Jaya Kula happenings and protocols during the shelter-in-place.
How is Jaya Kula supported?
Jaya Kula is funded entirely by its community of practitioners. Community members offer seva (community service), fees for teachings, and donations.
We also are grateful to receive discounted and free services from for-profit companies with a commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations. Check out our allies!
Jaya Kula’s Board of Directors
Matridarshana Lamb – Chair, Incoming Treasurer
Nirmana Davila – Outgoing Treasurer
Sahaji Fisher – Secretary
Shambhavi Sarasvati – Spiritual Director
Gangotri Ferris – Member-at-Large, Fundraising
Alexandra Ricketts – Member-at-Large, Fundraising
Embodying_the_Heart_of_Virtue – Code of Conduct for the Board of Directors and the students who are collectively running Jaya Kula (PDF)
Jaya Kula’s harassment policy
Jaya Kula has zero tolerance for any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, race-based harassment, gender expression-based harassment, or harassment based on age, socio-economic status, or any perceived physical or mental expressions. Harassment reinforces our sense of separateness, disturbs the energy body of the community, and obstructs the transmission of teachings. It is also illegal.
At any Jaya Kula teaching, event, or meeting; or in any meeting place owned, controlled, or rented by Jaya Kula; or during any Jaya Kula sponsored, sanctioned, or affiliated event, it is prohibited to harass a person for any reason. Please read our full harassment policy linked below.