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 Special Events
October 13 - November 10 - Annual Care Package Drive for the Homeless benefiting Covenant House
Through November 10, your contributions help Covenant House in their mission to provide guidance and shelter for homeless youth. No food donations, only grooming and hygiene items, please. Drop off items in one of the blue bins.
Please click the flyer for suggested donations.
Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Wednesday Three-Hour Meditation
Please join us for a special Wednesday meditation. For those unable to arrive by 7:00 p.m., the doors will reopen during periods of kirtan chanting at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
No Evening Meditation on Thursday, October 31 for Halloween
Hollywood Temple and grounds will be closed at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 for Halloween. The Temple will not be open from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for individual meditation. We wish you a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
SRF Online Meditation Center Opens, Holding Online Group Meditation Monday through Friday
On October 6, 2019, the official SRF Online Meditation Center opened. Online group meditations are held Monday through Friday at 5:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. You may learn more and attend by visiting srfonlinemeditation.org/calendar.
Watch Brother Chidananda's Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Lead First SRF Online Meditation
On October 2, 2019, Brother Chidananda delivered a special talk entitled: "A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi." You may watch the video replay by visiting the SRF website.
On October 6, 2019, Brother Chidananda inaugurated the SRF Online Meditation Center. To replay the livestream, you may visit SRF's YouTube channel.
New Self-Realization Magazine Available in Bookroom
The Summer 2019 magazine lead article is written by Paramahansa Yogananda and entitled Beauty and Joy, Grace and Refuge: Living in the Presence of the Mother Divine. The featured CD is a talk by Brother Bhaktananda, entitled Guru and Disciple: An Eternal Covenant of Love.
New Offerings from SRF Online Bookstore
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