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."
Elevator Project Fundraising Campaign and Facebook Kick-off
We are happy to announce that our temple now has a new Facebook Page! This new social media presence includes Bro. Anilananda’s 3 ½ minute video, and will make it more convenient to share our fundraising efforts with your network of devotee friends. Please also ask THEM to encourage all of THEIR SRF friends to view the video and share the Facebook Page.
All contributions, large and small, as well as your prayers are greatly appreciated. You may enclose your donation in the building fund envelope found on the back of the chairs, or designate “Building Fund” on the check. Please click here to like our new page.
If you are curious about the best way to help spread our fundraising video & new Facebook page we have outlined the specific actions that would be helpful here. Thank you.
Upcoming Temple Events
Wednesday, Jan. 30 - Special Three-Hour Meditation
On Wednesday, January 30, there will be a three-hour group meditation in the temple from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31 - New Edition of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons Launch
On Thursday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m., Hollywood Temple will be screening the launch of the new edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, presented by Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. If you are unable to join us, you may also watch the livestream here.
Sunday, Feb. 3 - Introduction to Meditation Class
Anyone wishing to learn how to meditate is welcome to attend the short Introduction to Meditation class held immediately after the second service in Lower India Hall from 12:10 - 12:40 p.m.
Receive Complementary Copy of "Highest Achievements Through Self-Realization"
All existing Lessons students and graduates who verify their membership information on the SRF online member portal (or create an online account if they haven’t done so already) can request a complimentary copy of Paramahansa Yogananda’s inspiring, 24-page Lessons introduction, "Highest Achievements Through Self-Realization." Read the most recent update about the launch of the new edition of the SRF Lessons here.
Group Meditation in the Winter - Colds and Coughs
During this sacred Holiday Season, we have many opportunities to join in longer group meditations. However, if you have a cold or cough, it is best not to meditate with the group in the Temple, but to join in mentally at home. This way others will not be exposed to a contagious illness. Thank you for your consideration for others.
Kaiser opens overflow parking on Sunday mornings
We have come to a reciprocal arrangement with Kaiser. They will be providing free parking for our members on Sunday mornings and Commemoration Service evenings.
The free overflow parking will be available at Kaiser’s “Staff Only” facility at 1549 N. Edgemont, just north of Sunset Blvd on the west side. Use the Northern-most entrance marked “Staff Only”.
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New Offerings from SRF Online Bookstore
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