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Abhinavagupta’s 15 Verses on Awakening

March 23 2024

Saturday, Mar 23, 2024


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Matrika House

4160 SE Division St.

Portland, OR


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With Shambhavi Sarasvati

The Essence of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen is a three-part teaching on the histories, views, and core approaches of these two kindred direct realization traditions.

In part three, Abhinavagupta’s Fifteen Verses on Awakening, we explore the entire breadth of the View of Trika Shaivism in fifteen pithy statements that are both an explication and a transmission.

What this teaching is about

The Fifteen Verses on Awakening (The Bodhapañcadaśikā ) by Abhinavagupta conveys the nature of the Self a.k.a. reality in fifteen short statements. An alternate translation of the title that conveys the power of these statements might be: Fifteen Awakening Verses.

Abhinavagupta had a wry and sly sense of humor. In addition to some exceedingly long treatises, he also wrote shorter teachings, in this case with the caveat that the teaching is for less intellectual students.

Some pandits have interpreted this to mean less capable students, but the Siddha lets us know that he intended these teachings for students whose intellect was not blocking direct understanding and who were dear to him because of their devotion.

“I, Abhinavagupta, have composed these fifteen verses for my heart-opened students who have little regard for pedantic teaching in order to trigger their immediate awakening.” ~from the Bodhapañcadaśikā


None. Open to everyone.

Full Schedule

Part 1: Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen Foundations: January 20, 2024, from 9:30am to 12:30pm Pacific.

Part 2: Three Words that Strike the Heart: February 24, 2024, from 9am to 12:30pm Pacific.

Part 3: Abhinavagupta’s 15 Verses on Awakening: March 23, 2024, from 9:30am to 5pm Pacific.


You can join this teaching via two-way Zoom livestream or in person in Portland, Oregon. For livestream attendance, you’ll receive the zoom link via email after you complete your registration.

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About the teacher

Shambhavi Sarasvati

Shambhavi emphasizes the more explicitly devotional teachings and practices of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen and direct knowing through encounters with the wisdom of the heart. She is also known for making complex teachings about the nature of the self and reality understandable, practical, and always relatable to everyday experience. Her teachings are grounded in her more than thirty-five years of daily personal practice and personal retreats.

Generosity is a fountain of living light at the heart of creation. Having opened your heart and recognized its identity with the heart of the divine, you want to be here giving and giving throughout your natural lifetime. This is the essence of realization.” ~Shambhavi

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


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Saturday, Mar 23, 2024
9:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
$60.00 – $155.00
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Matrika House
4160 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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