YOGINI ABHAYA DEVI
Abhaya Devi – Bauddha Yogini (Buddhist Yogini), meditation teacher, writer, artist , co-founder of “Way of Bodhi”.
Yogini Abhaya Devi writes and gives discourses on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. She divides her time between meditation retreats, writing, exploration of Buddhist philosophy, history and art, and guiding others in practising Buddhism.
Keen on knowing the nature of reality and the meaning behind the expansive experiences she had, she explored various philosophies and spiritual systems from childhood. None of those gave her a satisfying answer. After a brief sojourn in Technology field she left her job and became a fulltime explorer to find answers to her long lingering questions. During this time, she found her life companion in Ajith Prasad (Yogi Prabodha Jnana) who was also on a similar quest. Then, both of them continued their exploration together.
At that time, she came across the teachings of the great masters of Dzogchen tradition, such as Guru Padmasambhava and Longchenpa. She was especially awed by the vastness of the view they presented and the way these teachings cut across the dualistic mind to its naked simplicity. This led her deeply into the teachings of Buddhism. Coming across Buddhism changed her perspective dramatically.
Traversing the path of the Yogic tradition of Buddhism, she trained under eminent masters of the Nyingma tradition of Himalayan Buddhism, such as Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab, Khenchen Namdrol, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso, Khen Rinpoche Katyayana and many other kind teachers. Upon completion of her training, she was initiated into the yogic (naljorpa) tradition and was given the robes of a yogini by Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the lineage holder of Palyul Nyingma tradition.
Yogini Abhaya Devi spent 9 years in a retreat-style life to pursue intense meditation and learning including solitary retreats in the Himalayas. Part of this time, she lived in city, engaging in meditation practices during the week and guiding others in meditation and related practices during weekends. According to the instructions of their root Guru the late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, she along with Yogi Prabodha Jnana also established a Dharma Centre in Bangalore for the Palyul-Nyingma lineage and handed it over to Namdroling 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.