December 13th – 16th
Thursday: Meditation & Satsanga (7:00 & 8:00 pm)
Saturday: Christmas All Day Meditation (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Sunday: Morning Services (10:00 & 11:00 am)
Livestreamed Holiday Satsanga with Brother Chidananda
Wednesday, December 12th | 6:00 pm
Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship will usher in the holidays with a special Christmas greeting and exciting news of the launch of new edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.
The temple will show this livestreamed Satsanga and everyone is encouraged to attend. The Woolsey Street door will open at 5:30 pm.
For those who cannot attend the temple showing, the livestream will be available on the SRF YouTube channel, and the SRF website.
Annual All-Day Christmas Meditation
Saturday, December 15th | 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Dressing in layers is advised as the windows will be open for ventilation and temperatures may vary in the chapel.
Attendees traditionally bring a fruit and a monetary donation as devotional offerings. Anyone with a cough or cold is requested to meditate at home.
We request everyone to arrive before 10:00 am. Latecomers during the morning session will be seated in the East Chapel until chanting begins. There will be no afternoon admittance into the Main Chapel of anyone not having attended the morning session.
Helpful guidelines prepared by Mother Center for the All-Day Christmas Meditation are available on the temple website and at the back of the chapel.
Christmas Cards and Gift Donations for the Ministers
Christmas cards are being made for Brother Chidananda, Brother Jayananda, and Brother Ritananda.
Blank pages are available in the back of the chapel for everyone to add a brief seasonal greeting which will be given to each of the brothers.
We would also like to show our appreciation to our President, Brother Chidananda, and our Ministers for their generous service. A Christmas Gift Donation box is on the card-signing table for those who wish to contribute.
Temple Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 16 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
The festivities begin in the Main Chapel with caroling and a Christmas play followed by fellowship in the East Chapel.
For those who like to contribute their favorite holiday food items, please bring them to the kitchen before the 11:00 am service.
Fliers are online at Berkeleytemple.org and on the free literature table.
Thank you to all who have contributed throughout this past year. The deadline for making a 2018 year-end donation is Sunday, December 30th.
Please make checks payable to: Self Realization Fellowship or SRF.
SRF is a non-profit religious organization recognized by the IRS and the California franchise tax board as a public charity.
Change in Saturday Evening Meditation Schedule
Beginning in January 2019, all Saturday evening meditations will be moved to a new time slot. The meditations will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
This change also affects all Special Services falling on Saturday and Sunday.
The decision to change the hours of the meditations and services is in response to members preferring not to travel during the weekend evening hours.
Birthday Commemorative Service for Paramahansa Yogananda
Saturday, January 5th
Meditation: 3:00 – 4:45 pm
Commemorative Service: 5:00 pm
Please bring a flower and a monetary donation as devotional offerings.
There will be Birthday Cake served after the service. A sign-up sheet is in the back of the temple if you can help with preparation, cutting Master’s cake, and cleanup.
Donna Lifrak is coordinating and will be available in the back of the chapel today.
Temple Temperatures in Winter
During the colder winter months we encourage everyone to dress in layers as the temperatures in the temple can fluctuate depending on your seating location.
For meditations consider bringing shawls and blankets.
We will do our best to maintain fresh air and warmth in the chapel with our current heating and ventilation systems.
Prayer Requests, Satsanga Questions, & Volunteer Sign-up
Boxes for Prayer Request, Monthly Satsanga Questions, Suggestions,
and Volunteer Sign up sheets are on table in the back of the chapel.
If you would like to look ahead to more temple events,
our Temple Calendar is available here.