Upcoming Minister Visits

January 4 – 5

Saturday:   Six Hour Meditation  (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)  
Sunday:      Livestream Event  (9:30 am)
                    Lecture Service (11:00 am)
                   Commemoration Service  5:00 pm)

Year-End Donations

Thank you to all who have contributed throughout this past year. The deadline for making a 2019 year-end donation is Sunday, December 29th

Please make checks payable to: Self Realization Fellowship or SRF.

Checks designated to the New East Bay Temple must be marked, for NEBT on the memo line.

Online NEBT donations for 2019 can be made until December 31, 2019 via our Mother Center NEBT Donation page.

SRF is a non-profit religious organization recognized by the IRS and the California franchise tax board as a public charity.

Lessons Study Group

December 30 

The Lessons study group is cancelled for December 30.

The group will resume on Monday, January 6.

New Year’s Eve Meditation

Tuesday, December 31  |  11:30 pm – 12:15 am  |  Main Chapel


This is an SRF tradition started by Paramahansa Yogananda as a way to spiritualize the closing of the year and welcoming in the new.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive and depart in a spirit of silence.

Six Hour Meditation

January 4   |   10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

Brother Jayananda will be here to lead the meditation. The DVD of Sri Daya Mata’s talk, “Him I Shall Follow”, will be shown from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

The Temple Six Hour Meditations consist of periods of silent mediation lasting approximately 40 – 45 minutes. 

Chanting, accompanied by the temple kirtan group, occurs between meditation periods.

To provide the optimum meditation experience, silence from all vocal sounds and stillness of physical movements is requested.


If anyone is new to attending SRF meditation, please review the SRF meditation Guidelines to become familiar with the experience of meditating in groups of SRF members.

If it is necessary to leave the chapel, please do so only during chanting.

The meditation begins with the SRF Energization Exercises which were developed by Paramahansa Yogananda. Participation in the exercises is optional.

2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

A detailed program will be posted at the beginning of the new year.

Birth Anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda

Sunday, January 5

Livestream Event  |  9:30 am  |  Main Chapel

A livestreamed inaugural celebration on January 5, 2020, commemorating the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, led by SRF President Brother Chidananda with monastics at the SRF International Headquarters will be viewed in the Main Chapel.

This event replaces the 10:00 am mediation.
The 11:00 am Lecture Service will follow the Livestream.

Birthday Commemoration Service  |  5:00 pm  |  Main Chapel
(Please note there will be no meditation prior to the Commemoration Service.)

Birthday Cake |  6:30 pm  |  East Chapel

The annual celebrating of our guru’s birthday with cake and fellowship immediately follow the commemoration service.


Paramahansa Yogananda Commemoration Meditation

Saturday, January 11  |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm |  Main Chapel

The annual commemoration meditation to honor our guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.

This is a lay-disciple led meditation accompanied by the temple kirtan group.

Please bring an offering of fruit as a symbol of your devotion.

Technique Review Retreat

January 18  |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

The retreat is open to all SRF students and Kriyaban members. Brother Jayananda will review the meditation techniques during the periods of meditation. 

A DVD of a talk given by Brother Chidananda titled “Yoga: the Quintessence of Spirituality” will be shown in the afternoon.

SRF student or Kriyaban cards which are needed for admittance will be checked at the Woolsey Street door. 

Fliers are available at berkeleytemple.org and on the free literature table. 



Wedding Ceremony

January 19  |  1:30 – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

Pete Waugh and Elizabeth Brennan cordially invite the Berkeley Temple members to join them as they celebrate their new life together.

Wedding cake will be served after the ceremony in the East Chapel.

Your Presence and Blessings only!




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SRF Online Meditation Center

“Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”

                                                 – Paramahansa Yogananda

Meditations and Class Studies  |   Monday – Friday 

Join devotees around the globe for daily online Meditations and twice weekly Scripture Studies via the newly established SRF online meditation center.

A full schedule of weekly meditations is now available for SRF members and friends around the world.

Currently the online service schedule is: 
Monday – Friday  |   5 am,  9 am,  5 pm,  9 pm PDT  

To participate in the online group meditations sign-up with the international community of SRF members, Yogananda Seva   or on the SRF website


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Prayer Requests, Suggestions, & Volunteer Sign-up
Boxes for Prayer Request, Suggestions, and Volunteer Sign-up sheets
are located in the back of the chapel.

Satsanga Questions
Monthly Satsanga Services are held on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm
which address pre-submitted questions concerning the spiritual path which are answered by our ministers.
Questions can be placed in the Main Chapel box at the back of the chapel
or submitted online at: Satsanga Questions

If you would like to look ahead to more temple events,
our Temple Calendar is available here.