“Church is the Hive, God is the Honey”   — Paramahansa Yogananda 

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As more seekers are finding their way to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda through SRF centers and temples, Berkeley Temple is currently in need of keeping pace with the influx of new members.  Needing to leave our former Richmond Temple property of nearly 40 years in 2012, and now after three years in a temporary location, the time has come to find a new permanent spiritual ‘hive’ for the Greater Bay Area.

To accomplish this goal the New East Bay Temple Fundraising Campaign has been established.

Carnival Day – Magic Music & Ice Cream

Lisa & ErikaOn April 9, 2016 the temple was transformed into a carnival atmosphere for the second fundraising event of 2016.

Attendees were treated to top notch professional musicians and magicians. The music stage was alive with performers, Lisa Ferraro & Erika Luckett, along with Chris Bryden & The Lightworkers Union. 

Strolling through the crowd was magician Michael Warren proving the hand can be quicker than the eye while inside the magician’s ‘tent’, David Stryker awed groups with tricks of magic that left everyone wide eyed with wonderment. 

o round out the afternoon face painters kept their brushes busy from start to finish, various games brought cheers from young and old alike while upstairs the crafts table turned out fun things to wear.David Stryker2

The event added $1,946 to the NEBT fundraising fund. Thank you to all who helped make this day successful. The event took many hands to bring it all together over days and weeks of planning. Then once the final bows were taken, almost like magic, thanks to everyone pitching in, less than an hour later, the chapel was ready for Sunday Services.

An online photo album has been created to preserve the memories of the terrific afternoon. To view the photo album, click this link – Photo Album

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In his letter, Brother Jayananda, our senior minister, gives an overview of the fundraising campaign.  To read his letter, please click/tap here .

To be taken to the Fundraising  page – please click/tap this button. 


Events & Activities

            Weekly:  Announcements  Events Flyers:  Events            Minister Visits:
  Quarterly:  Main Calendar Special Events:  Activities                  May   21 – 22 


Learn To Meditate


Paramahansa Yogananda’s personal instructions on how to practice the science of Kriya Yoga meditation, taken from the classes he gave for more than thirty years, are presented in detail in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.   continue…


SRF Retreats


Self Realization Fellowship offers How-to Live programs at several retreat centers in Southern California and in Virginia.

Group and individual retreats are available at all our locations.  

For locations and schedules of retreats within the U.S.  continue…


AWAKE – The Life of Yogananda –

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  Self-Realization Fellowship’s DVD edition of the critically acclaimed documentary AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda  is now available in the Berkeley Temple bookroom and from the SRF online bookstore at www.srfbooks.org.  To view the film’s trailer, click/tap here.

BOOK:  The stunning, large format companion book is now available in our Temple’s bookroom. It features over 400 photos, including many unpublished photos of Paramahansa Yogananda.

CD: The CD from the film’s soundtrack is available in the bookroom. The album, which fuses classical Indian sounds with western symphonic melodies, includes original works.   continue.


What Is Yoga, Really?

monk-sitting-and-readingMost of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want.

Yet again and again our experiences show us that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for “something more.”    continue…



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