Schedule of Services2018-12-13T15:53:48+00:00

Schedule of Services & Meditations

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Two weekends a month, monks of the Self-Realization Fellowship Order travel from the SRF International Headquarters in Los Angeles and lead meditations and services at Berkeley Temple.

Lay members conduct meditations and services prepared from Paramahansa Yogananda’s writings on alternate weekends.

Our Services

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Sunday Morning Group Meditation:   10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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Sunday Lecture & Reading Services:   11:00 a.m. – Noon

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Tuesday Evening Meditation Service:   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  (Woolsey  door)

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Thursday Evening Meditation Service:   7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  (once monthly – see Calendar)

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Thursday Satsanga Service:   8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   (once monthly – see Calendar)

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Saturday Evening Meditation:   6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Woolsey door)    (once monthly – see Calendar)

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Commemoration Services:   8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  (see calendar)

We ask that all devices are turned off or to silent mode during all services. If using mobile devices or paper for note taking during lecture services, please be mindful not to distract the attention on the lecture of those around you.  Thank you.

Sunday Morning Meditation

10:00 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

Group meditation offers SRF members and students an opportunity to deepen their meditation by coming together with others to practice the concentration and meditation techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.   (Download: SRF Lessons Application PDF)

The meditation begins and ends with a prayer and includes a brief period of devotional chanting.

This meditation is open to adults and interested teens. Childcare is not provided during the meditation. Please enter the chapel a few minutes before the meditation begins from the Shattuck entrance to the Temple.

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Sunday Lecture & Reading Service

11:00 a.m. — Noon

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The Sunday Lecture Service on Minister Sundays, and the Service Reading on alternate Sundays, provide a deeper understanding of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings and offer guidance on how to live a balanced spiritual life.

Services begin and end with a prayer and include devotional chanting, periods of meditation, and readings from Paramahansa Yogananda’s writings. At the end of each service, the congregation practices the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and prays for physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world peace and harmony. To learn more about this technique, please visit the SRF website

This service is open to adults and interested teens. Childcare is not provided. Parents with young children under three years old may listen to the service with their children in the Parents and Infants Room at the Temple. Sunday School classes are available at the Berkeley Temple for children of SRF members three to twelve years old. Please enter the chapel a few minutes before the service begins from the Shattuck entrance to the Temple.

Tuesday Evening Meditation

7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Group meditation offers SRF members and students an opportunity to deepen their meditation by coming together with others to practice the concentration and meditation techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons .

The meditation begins and ends with a prayer and includes a brief period of devotional chanting. At the end of the meditation, members practice the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and pray for physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world peace and harmony. To learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda’s healing technique, please visit the SRF Worldwide Prayer Circle.

This meditation is open to SRF members and students. Childcare is not provided during the meditation. Please enter the temple from the Woolsey Street door.

Thursday Evening Meditation

7:00 p.m. — 7:45 p.m.

We have a once monthly Thursday evening meditation before the Satsanga class given by the SRF monastics. Please see the Calendar.

Group meditation offers SRF members and students an opportunity to deepen their meditation by coming together with others to practice the concentration and meditation techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons

The meditation begins and ends with a prayer and includes a brief period of devotional chanting. 

This meditation is open to SRF members and students. Childcare is not provided during the meditation.

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Thursday Satsanga Service

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On one Thursday of each month, monks of the Self-Realization Fellowships Order lead a Satsanga at the Berkeley Temple and answer general questions about Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings submitted by the congregation.

Please see the Calendar.

Please submit your questions via email on the Contact Form, or place your written question in the box marked “Satsanga Questions” at the rear of the chapel. Please consult the Temple Calendar for dates and times.

If you have a personal question about applying Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings to you own life, please set up a counseling appointment with the minister by filling out the form on our Contact page.

Six Hour Meditation

10:00 a.m. —4:00 p.m.

The temple holds Six Hour Meditations on Saturdays typically twice a month. Commemorative Services, Retreats, the San Damiano Retreat, and some Special Events will take precedence over scheduling Six Hour Meditations.  The Six Hour Meditations can be either minister led or lay-disciple led and are usually accompanied by the temple kirtan group.

The meditations begin and ends with a prayer and includes a periodsof devotional chanting. At the end of the meditation, members practice the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and pray for physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world peace and harmony.

To learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda’s healing technique, please visit the SRF website.

This meditation is open to SRF members and students. Childcare is not provided during the meditation. Please enter the temple before the meditation begins from the Woolsey Street door.  Please check the Calendar for scheduled Saturday Six Hour Meditations.

Saturday Meditations

3:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Group meditation offers SRF members and students an opportunity to deepen their meditation by coming together with others to practice the concentration and meditation techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons .

The meditation begins and ends with a prayer and includes a brief period of devotional chanting. At the end of the meditation, members practice the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and pray for physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world peace and harmony. To learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda’s healing technique, please visit the SRF website.

This meditation is open to SRF members and students. Childcare is not provided during the meditation. Please enter the temple before the meditation begins from the Woolsey Street door.  Please check the Calendar for scheduled Saturday Meditations. 

Commemoration Services

5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.   |  8:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

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The Berkeley Temple holds Commemorative Services to honor the Birthday and Mahasamadhi (passing) of each of the Self-Realization Fellowship Gurus.

During the service, attendees walk up to the altar and lay a flower (a symbol of devotion) and a monetary offering inside a sealed envelope (an expression of loyalty to the work of Self-Realization Fellowship) before an image of the Guru being honored. Periods of silent meditation and Kirtan are included in the service.

Time Schedule: 

Weekend (Saturday/Sunday): Commemorative Service at 5:00 p.m. preceded by meditation from 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Weekday (Monday – Friday): Commemorative Service at 8:00 p.m. preceded by meditation from 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.

These services are open to SRF members, SRF students, and friends. Childcare is not provided. Please consult the Temple Calendar for dates and times.