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Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism, the classical Tantrik tradition of Kashmir, and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet.

Shambhavi is known for making complex teachings about the nature of the self and reality understandable, practical, and always relevant to our lived experience. Her teachings are grounded in her more than thirty years of daily personal practice and personal retreats.

Shambhavi is a householder sannyasini and is fortunate to have received precise teachings in practice and View from teachers of both Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. She has studied meditation in the Dzogchen, Kagyu, and Nyingma traditions. Her root teacher is Anandamayi Ma, the 20th century Bengali teacher, and some say, avatar.

At one time, Shambhavi taught at a Northwestern University. She left academia in 2004 in order to devote herself to practice, writing and teaching in her spiritual tradition.

Spiritual practice is a way to find out who you really are and to live in the fullness of Reality. This is Self-realization. Nothing more or less. ~Shambhavi

Shambhavi’s Books

Shambhavi is the author of Tantra: the Play of Awakening (2012), Pilgrims to Opennness: Direct Realization Tantra in Everyday Life (2009), Returning  (2015), and No Retreat: Poems on the Way to Waking Up (2016). Her newest book, Nine Poisons, Nine Medicines, Nine Fruits, is due out in November 2017. In addition, she published an academic book, Avatar Bodies: a Tantra for Posthumanism. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Mills College and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

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