Jaya Kula is a vibrant nonprofit community of diverse people learning and practicing in the direct realization traditions of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. 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.
In keeping with the most overarching aim of our traditions—to realize the equality of all phenomena—Jaya Kula is dedicated to providing a welcoming spiritual crucible for all people who want to join us in practice.
We are committed to using the tools of our tradition to increase mutual understanding and respect; to collectively explore our diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences; and to establish and maintain a community culture of ahimsa, or nonviolence.
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.
Most of us also 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 Ayurvedic self care.
The purpose of our practice is to embody uncontrived naturalness and freedom of expression by coming to recognize ourselves as aspects of the continuity, energy and wisdom of an alive, aware Reality.
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 teaching. This is followed by an open question and discussion time. Satsang often concludes with mantra chanting, kirtan or other practice. Satsangs are held twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays.
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.
Jaya Kula’s Board of Directors
Matridarshana Lamb – Chair
Nirmana Davila – Treasurer
Nandikesha Jungwirth – Secretary
Shambhavi Sarasvati – Spiritual Director
Jaya Kula’s Annual Report
Jaya Kula’s 2017 Annual Report: All Play, All Work, All the Time (PDF)