YOGI PRABODHA JNANA
Prabodha Jnana - Bauddha Yogi (Buddhist Yogi), meditation teacher, philosopher, writer, co-founder of “Way of Bodhi”.
Yogi Prabodha Jnana writes and gives discourses based on the wisdom teachings of the Buddha in a format suitable for the modern context. He also guides individuals in meditation and in the path of awakening. According to Yogi Prabodha, the true Buddhist practice goes beyond religion. It is an open approach, to discover in direct experience, the simplicity and peace of mind with its natural quality of compassion. Religious and philosophical clinging have no place in the way of awakening. His background of having explored and studied various philosophies and practice systems of both east and west, and his prior experience in the field of science and technology give him a broader perspective in understanding Buddhism.
Yogi Prabodha trained in Buddhist meditation practices and philosophy under the direct guidance of eminent masters of Nyingma tradition of Himalayan Buddhism. Particularly, he received teachings and personal guidance from accomplished masters such as Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab, Khenchen Namdrol, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso and Khen Rinpoche Katyayana. Upon completion of the requisite training, he was initiated into the yogic (naljorpa) tradition and received the robes of a yogi from Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the lineage holder of Palyul Nyingma tradition. His Gurus encouraged him to teach and make the Buddha’s messages accessible to a wider audience.
Yogi Prabodha spent 9 years in a retreat-style life for deeper learning and meditation. Sometimes during that period, he did solitary meditation in the mountains of Himalaya. Other times, he stayed in city, engaging in meditation practices during the week and teaching others during weekends. During this time, he taught at a Dharma Centre in Bangalore belonging to Namdroling Monastery of Palyul Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Earlier, according to the instructions of their root Guru the late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, he along with Yogini Abhaya Devi also established that Dharma Centre in Bangalore and handed it over to the monastery.
In 2016, Yogi Prabodha Jnana and Yogini Abhaya Devi founded "Way of Bodhi" to make the teachings of the Buddha accessible to a broader audience. The key objective of Way of Bodhi is to make the essence of Buddhism, as preserved in a variety of cultures, accessible to all without cultural barriers. Way of Bodhi emphasizes the practice of Buddhism as the way of living with deepening wisdom awareness.
In the earlier part of his life, to find answers to deeper questions on consciousness and mind, he explored various philosophical and practice systems as well as the latest trends in modern science. His life companion, Abhaya Devi also joined with him in this journey through consciousness. Then, they came across the teachings of the great masters of Dzogchen tradition of Buddhism such of those of Guru Padmasambhava. That totally shifted his perspective. The way these teachings cut across all dogmas to the sheer simplicity of the nature of mind inspired him to delve deeper into Buddhism. He found that the Buddha's wisdom teachings resolve what religion could never achieve and what modern science never attempted. He wanted to thoroughly learn this wisdom teaching and also dedicate his life for making these teachings accessible to people of the modern world. Thus, in 2007, he left his job in technology field and took to intense learning and practice of Buddhism. Today he divides his time between teaching and guiding others and doing personal retreats. He lives in Bangalore. He can be contacted at his phone, email or Facebook.