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
Thanksgiving Care Package Project
October 15 - November 5
Hollywood Temple’s Community Outreach Committee will again be conducting a Thanksgiving Care Package Project to benefit and show caring for homeless youth. We invite you to participate and thank you in advance for your generosity!
Introduction to Meditation Class - Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:10 p.m.
The ancient art of meditation is drawing increasing interest from scientists and health professionals around the world for its life changing potentials. It is the common thread in the lives of all great spiritual giants.
On Sunday, November 5, there will be a short Introduction to Meditation class. 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.
Reminder: Temple Closure on Mondays
Starting Monday, September 4, there will be a change to the regular schedule here at Hollywood Temple. The Temple and grounds will be closed completely on Mondays. So, the hatha yoga classes will meet on Tuesdays instead of Mondays (starting Tues., Sept. 5), and there will be no individual meditation in the Temple on Mondays.
Tuesday, October 31 - Halloween - Temple & Grounds Closed at 4:00 p.m.
Hollywood Temple and grounds will be closed at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 for Halloween. The Temple will not be open from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for individual meditation and Hatha Yoga class is cancelled for the evening. We wish you a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
In Memoriam: Sri Mrinalini Mata (May 8, 1931 – August 3, 2017)
It is with the deepest respect and love for our beloved president and sanghamata that we share with you the news that Sri Mrinalini Mata has peacefully left her physical form, on August 3. To read a beautiful letter from the SRF Board of Directors, please visit Mother Center's website here.
To watch a video recording of the public memorial service for Sri Mrinalini Mata, held on August 11, 2017, please visit Mother Center's website.
SRF Announces New President
We wanted to share with you the joyful news that on Wednesday, August 30, Brother Chidananda was elected president and spiritual leader of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, succeeding our beloved late Sri Mrinalini Mata. You can read the letter from the SRF Board of Directors on SRF's website.
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.
SRF Employment Opportunities - Mother Center Seeking Central Kitchen Supervisor and Assistant Kitchen Supervisor
SRF is currently seeking a Central Kitchen Supervisor and Assistant Kitchen Supervisor. These positions are open to interested women who have culinary as well as supervisory qualifications.
For the Assistant Kitchen Supervisor position details, please see SRF's job posting here.
New Offerings from SRF Online Bookstore
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