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 gives individualized guidance in meditation and the journey towards awakening. According to him, the correct Buddhist practice goes beyond religion. It is about discovering in direct experience, the simplicity and peace of mind with its natural qualities of clarity and compassion. Religious and philosophical clinging have no place in the Way of awakening.
He received training under the direct guidance of eminent masters of the Nyingma lineage of Himalayan Buddhism. Primarily, he received teachings and personal guidance from accomplished masters such as Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche Katyayana. Upon completion of the requisite training, he received the robes of a yogi (naljorpa) from Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the present head of Palyul Nyingma lineage. Prabodha’s Gurus encouraged him to teach and make the Buddha’s messages accessible to a broader audience.
Yogi Prabodha spent many years in a semi-retreat life for in-depth learning and meditation. That included solitary mediation in the mountains of Himalaya. In 2008, according to the advice of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, he along with Yogini Abhaya Devi established a Dharma centre in Bangalore for the Namdroling Monastery. He also taught extensively at that Dharma centre.
In 2016, Yogi Prabodha Jnana and Yogini Abhaya Devi founded "Way of Bodhi" to make the essence of Buddhism, as preserved in diverse 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, he received training in science and technology and worked in the technology field. During his studies, it struck him that we lack scientific knowledge about consciousness and mind while making great strides of progress in knowing the world outside. In search of pointers towards resolving this, he journeyed through various philosophical and practice systems of the East and the West. His life companion, Abhaya Devi also joined him in this journey. After a long search, the breakthrough happened through the teachings of the great Dzogchen masters such as Guru Padmasambhava. That totally shifted his perspective. The way these teachings cut across all dogmas to the sheer simplicity of the true nature of mind inspired him to delve deeper into Buddhism. He found that the Buddha's wisdom teachings resolve what religion could never settle and what modern science never attempted. He wanted to thoroughly learn this wisdom teaching and also dedicate his life to make these teachings accessible to the people of the contemporary world. Thus, in 2007, he left his job in the technology field and took to intense learning and practice of Buddhism. Presently he lives in Bangalore. He is reachable through phone, email or Facebook.