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Three Words that Strike the Heart

February 24 2024

Saturday, Feb 24, 2024


Live Venue

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 two, Three Words that Strike the Heart, we deep dive into the essential, practical teachings of the first human teacher of Dzogchen, Garab Dorje, and their equivalents in Trika Shaivism.

You do not have to take all three teachings. Even if you didn’t take Part 1, you can still come to Part 2, Part 3, or both.

What this teaching is about

Garab Dorje was a 7th century, North Indian practitioner and teacher. He spent much of his life living in a cremation ground on the outskirts of Bodhgaya. Garab Dorje’s teachings have come down to us as three words, sometimes expanded to three pithy statements, that convey the essence of Dzogchen View, practice, and fruit.

Each of Garab Dorje’s three words has an equivalent in Trika. The teachings on the three words help us to understand the essence of direct realization practice, the method by which we can realize, and what is understood as the goal of practice. They also describe the progression of practice as we move from the barest glimmer of direct realization to its full flower.


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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Feb 24, 2024
9:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
$40.00 – $80.00
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Matrika House
4160 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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