Welcome to the Self-Realization Fellowship Hollywood Temple's website! If you are new to Hollywood Temple and would like to learn more about us, please visit our Welcome page.
New to Meditation?
Meditation is the science of reuniting the soul with the Infinite Spirit, God. By meditating regularly and deeply, you will awaken your soul — the immortal, blissful divine consciousness at the innermost core of your being.
If you would like to learn more about meditation, visit our Meditation page for more information.
Every Thursday at 12:00 noon and every 1st Sunday of the month a short Introduction to Meditation is offered. See our Calendar for dates and schedule changes this month.
If you have a question about Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings, you are welcome to submit it anonymously on our website, and a Minister will answer your question at an upcoming Satsanga Service.
Monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Fellowship Prayer Council pray daily for all those who request prayers for physical, mental, and spiritual healing and for world peace.
Conducted Group Meditations
Paramahansa Yogananda said, “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.”
Hollywood Temple invites you to attend our conducted long meditations every Friday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Friday meditations are with kirtan (devotional chanting).
Group meditation offers participants 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 a brief period of devotional chanting, followed by the deep silence of intense concentration as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. The silent period (no longer than 40-50 minutes) is used to practice the Kriya Yoga techniques of concentration and meditation, to silently chant and pray to God with devotion in the language of your heart, and to enjoy the deep peace and inner joy of God found in the stillness of meditation.
Meditations held in the Temple are open to all. Participants are seated in chairs and are welcome to enter or exit during the period of chanting at the top of each hour. Group practice of the SRF Energization Exercises are held 20 minutes before the meditation service begins.
To gain the most benefits from meditation, we encourage you to subscribe to the SRF Lessons to learn the techniques of meditation. For more information about Kriya Yoga and the techniques of meditation that are taught in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, visit our Learn to Meditate page.
Childcare is not provided during the meditation. If you are new to group meditations, please read our Guidelines for Group Meditations.
"To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness."
Upcoming Temple Events
Introduction to Meditation - Sunday, March 4, 12:10 - 12:40p.m.
Anyone wishing to learn how to meditate is welcome to attend this class held immediately after the second service in Lower India Hall from 12:10 -12:40 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 8:00 p.m. - Paramahansa Yogananda Mahasamadhi Commemorative Service
All are invited to attend the special commemorative service that will be held in the Temple in honor of Paramahansa Yogananda's Mahasamadhi.
Friday, March 9, 8:00 p.m. - Swami Sri Yukteswar Mahasamadhi Commemorative Service
All are invited to attend the special commemorative service that will be held in the Temple in honor of Swami Sri Yukteswar's Mahasamadhi.
All-Day Pilgrimage to Encinitas Hermitage - Saturday, March 10 - Tickets are Selling Fast!
Space is limited, and tickets are selling fast for the all-day Pilgrimage to the Encinitas Hermitage on March 10, which will include meditations and satsanga in the Retreat chapel, visits to the Hermitage and Master’s Housecar, and free time in the sea side gardens. Tickets must be purchased by March 1st - see the Upcoming Special Events page for more details.
The Hollywood Temple Choir Needs Your Help
The Choir has a current need for Sopranos and Bass-Baritones, although all are welcome.
The Hollywood Temple singers are an accomplished ensemble that has been serving our Guru’s work here and in the community for over 40 years. Singer or audience, we have the joy of experiencing that the channel is blessed by what flows through it.
The choir meets the 1 st Sunday in the parking lot at 1:30, and practice in Lower India Hall from 1:30 - 3 pm the other Sundays. Please join them if you would like to serve in this special way.
SRF Employment Position Open
SRF currently has an opening for an Assistant Supervisor in our Central Translations Department at our Publication Center in Los Angeles. This is a full-time, hourly position that is 40 hours per week. Some duties include: coordinating various translation projects, assisting worldwide translators, facilitate typesetting and advise on financial matters. Applicant must be male and possess the ability to work in the U.S.
If you’re interested in applying and/or would like further information regarding this position, please contact Mother Center and ask for Employee Services (Robert Rosario).
Daylight Savings Time Begins - Sunday, March 11
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday March 11, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday, March 10, or you might be quite a bit late for church!
125th Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda - Message from SRF President, Brother Chidananda
Read (or listen to) this special message from SRF President, Brother Chidananda, on SRF's site here.
SRF Lessons - Enhanced and Expanded Edition Planned for Release in 2018
As announced on August 10, 2017 at our World Convocation in Los Angeles, a new edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons is planned for release in 2018. To read more about this exciting news and watch a video excerpt from the Convocation Announcement, visit SRF's website.
New Offerings from SRF Online Bookstore
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