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Fear, Death, and Courage Summer Retreat

Fear Death and Courage
July 23 2020

Thursday, Jul 23, 2020 -
Sunday, Jul 26, 2020


Live Venue

Practice Studio, Eucalyptus Room

2820 7th Street

Berkeley, CA


Live Streams

With Shambhavi Sarasvati

Shambhavi will give teachings on fear, death, and courage from the perspective of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. We will focus on both textual sources and practices that illuminate how fear, the encounter with death and dying, and courage are traditional and vital aspects of Tantrik sadhana.


  • The dying process and the bardos of death
  • Being with the dying
  • Sadhana of death and dying
  • Bringing shock and fright onto the path
  • Dying into death – the destructive nature of sadhana
  • Relative heroism in the tantras
  • Absolute courage

Topics may change.


The Fear, Death, and Courage retreat will offer nightly kirtan and chanting. We will also learn traditional Kashmiri chants to Shiva from the lineage of Swami Lakshmanjoo.

Prerequisites: None


July 23—July 25
9—11am ~ teachings
11:15am—12:15pm ~ meditation or other practice (not livestreamed)
2—4pm ~ teachings
6:30—8:30pm ~ satsang and kirtan

July 26
9am—11am ~ teachings
11:15—12:15 ~ meditation or other practice (not livestreamed)
6:30—8:30pm ~ satsang and kirtan

Retreat Venue AND COSTS

This retreat will be livestreamed and held in-person at Practice Studio in Berkeley, California. Due to the restrictions of the shelter-in-place, the number of in-person spaces will be extremely limited, and no one is guaranteed an in-person space.

Shambhavi will be putting together a list of people who want to attend the live teaching. She will let people know if there is room for all of the people who want to attend live. There may also be changes to the shelter-in-place order that allow us to expand the live teaching opportunities.

About the teacher


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

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

You can read more about Shambhavi’s background, training and publications here.



$295 low-income
$425 regular
$650 sponsoring


All Jaya Kula teachings offer “regular” and “low-income” options for registration. Just choose the option that’s appropriate for you. The students of Jaya Kula have generously donated and made it possible for us to offer additional discounts for people who cannot afford the low-income fee. Please email Shambhavi if this is your circumstance.

The “sponsoring” option is a higher donation amount. 100% of the difference between the “regular” registration fee and the “sponsoring” amount will be used to assist students who cannot afford the low-income fee. Sponsor donations will be used to both offer deeper discounts and to reimburse low-income students or people experiencing temporary financial hardships for part or all of their airfare to the retreat.

The “Lakshmi’s Cupboard” option is for people not attending the retreat who wish to assist others to attend.  Please write “Lakshmi” in the message line when making your donation so that your contribution can be earmarked for students in need.

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Thursday, Jul 23 @ 9:00 am PDT
Sunday, Jul 26 @ 9:00 pm PDT
$295 – $650
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Practice Studio, Eucalyptus Room
2820 7th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States


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Fear, Death, Courage Retreat: Low-income
$ 295
Fear, Death, Courage Retreat: Regular
$ 425
Fear, Death, Courage Retreat: Sponsoring
$ 650

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