The spiritual odyssey of Kosi has spanned over twenty-five years. Her first awakening experience occurred during a course created by Werner Erhard in January of 1990. Over time this initial awakening experience faded, but many years later while attending a workshop in San Francisco based on the teaching of Werner Erhard, Vern Black, Advaita, Science of Mind, and other Advaita (non-dual) traditions, Kosi had a mystical experience of Jesus and an unexpected awakening—a direct experience of the One Love that we all are in core of our being—a life changing experience that ignited an all out search for enlightenment.
The mystical experience of Jesus left her with many questions and she sought out many different well known teachers in many different lineages, including Native American and Tibetan Buddhism. In 1997 she received Shaktipat Initiation from Swami Chidvilasananda, better known as Gurumayi—the famed guru of the well known book Eat Pray Love.
After her Shaktipat initiation with Gurumayi, Jesus appeared in a vision. This mysterious vision led her to through the holy lands of Israel, Egypt, and Mount Sinai where she continued to have mystical experiences of biblical proportions. After returning from the journey, she was ordained Minister in a large public ceremony at Radiant Light Ministries in San Francisco on June 6, 1999.
After her ordination she continued to attended many retreats with Gurumayi as well as several Tibetan Buddhist retreats with the Dalai Lama and Sogyal Rinpoche. Although her experiences with these well known masters were powerful, she became deeply disillusioned with the spiritual search and prayed for a true master who could help her. Fourteen days later, in July of 2001, she was introduced to Gangaji and received a silent initiation into the teaching Sri Ramana Maharshi. Recognizing the profundity of this divinely ordained meeting with Gangaji and the indescribable wisdom of the teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi, within days Kosi devoted her life to Sri Ramana Maharshi.
During her long tenure as a devoted student of Gangaji, she became aware of a serious corruption of the teaching, which culminated with what most would describe as a deep betrayal of the student teacher relationship and abuse of power reminiscent of the highly publicised Gangaji scandal of 2006, but for Kosi this disillusionment was the ruthless burning ground that prepared her for the teaching she is now offering around the world.
The deep heartbreak of this disillusionment was also a catalyst for a major shift in her consciousness that began to unfold at Sri Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai India in December of 2010. After what she describes as a visitation from Sri Ramana Maharshi, she received the name Kosi Sunyata. She formally took on the name Kosi Sunyata in January of 2011. (please see details of how she received this name are below).
In May of 2011, only five months after receiving the name Kosi, through the grace of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, Sri Amma Karunamayi mysteriously appeared Kosi's life. Kosi received Shaktipat Initiation from Sri Amma Karunamayi in July of 2011, which initiated her into the Śiva Kaśyapa Lineage and ended the form of her long term relationship with Gangaji.
A few months later the full import of the Shaktipat Initiation with Sri Amma Karunamayi took root and Kosi experience a profound opening of mind that is often described in Buddhist traditions as the coming of The Clear Awareness—a permanent deep awareness of the living emptiness in the core—always aware Sunyata!
Kosi honored the grace, love, and support received from Gangaji over the many years she was her student, by sponsoring a yagya fire ceremony held not far from where the the Kosi river meets the Ganga (actual ceremony pictured above). A few months later, Kosi was present at the Peninsula Ashram of Sri Amma Karunamayi when she asked everyone present to accept the Gotra Kaśyapa fully as their lineage and heritage describing this lineage as all of creation.
The Kasyapa Gotra dates back to the ancient Rishi Kasyapa to whom some of Hymns of the Rigveda are attributed. It is also pure Grace that many of the ancient mantras documented in the Rigveda were composed on the banks of the Kosi River in India.
The union of Śiva, Sri Ramana Maharshi, and Kaśyapa, Sri Amma Karunamayi, is the foundation of the very potent lineage of Śiva Kaśyapa and teaching of Kosi.
This teaching is the wish fulfiling gem of true enlightenment—true support for final liberation from the ancient wheel of Karma.
Kosi is currently teaching in the United States and Europe.