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
All Day Christmas Meditation - Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A spiritual highlight of the year for members and friends of Self-Realization Fellowship is the tradition of devoting a whole day to meditation and communion with Christ during the Christmas season. All are welcome to join us for our annual all day Christmas meditation!
Christmas Gift Drive - ends Sunday, Dec. 17
The last day to donate for the 2017 Christmas Gift Project, for the benefit of the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, is on Sunday, December 17. Read more on our Special Events page.
Wednesday 3-Hour Meditation - Dec. 20, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
On all Wednesdays in December there will be special three-hour group meditations with kirtan from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Temple to spiritually celebrate and honor the Christmas season.
Christmas Morning Meditation - Monday, Dec. 25, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
We invite you to join our traditional Christmas Morning Meditation from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Temple.
Temple Closures for Christmas
Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24:
On Christmas Eve, the Temple will not be open for individual meditation in the evening, and the Sunday evening 3-hour meditation is cancelled.
Christmas Day, Monday December 25:
After the Christmas morning meditation Hollywood Temple and grounds will be closed at 11:30 a.m. for the rest of the day. The Temple and grounds will reopen on Tuesday, December 26, at 5:30 p.m. for individual meditation.
We wish you a most joyous Christmas holiday!
2017 Christmas Message from SRF President, Brother Chidananda
Read this year's special Christmas message from SRF President, Brother Chidananda, on SRF's site here.
SRF President, Brother Chidananda ji, Visits India
Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India President Brother Chidananda recently embarked on his first trip abroad as spiritual head of Paramahansa Yogananda’s society.
Read more and look at special pictures of his trip on SRF's site.
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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