“Go deep, completely forgetting yourself,
praying and singing to Christ as never before.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Christmas Eight-Hour Meditation
Schedule, suggestions, & etiquette

The heart of Ananda’s Christmas is the eight-hour meditation. Chanting, music, and inspirational recordings carry you along; the eight hours literally fly by. It’s not difficult, even for beginners. The more people who come to meditate together, the stronger the support for deep meditation.


Suggestions & Etiquette

May God and Gurus bless your meditation deeply.  
In consideration for others, please:

Come before the 10 am start to get settled in place.  

The vibration builds throughout the day, so please stay all day if you can. 

If you plan to come later in the day, wait in the foyer or Yoga Center for the chanting breaks before you enter the sanctuary. There is no entry allowed during meditation, in respect for others.

Remove noisy jackets and coughdrop or candy wrappers before entering. 

Enter as quietly as you can. 

If you have a cough or sniffles, please meditate in the Yoga Center, not in the sanctuary. 

Thank you, and have a blessed meditation!


Entering times  (times are approximate):

10 am   Opening Prayer, chant

Meditation   (70 minutes)

11 am   Chant, recordings

Meditation   (100 minutes)

1 pm   Chant, recordings

Meditation   (40 minutes)

2 pm   Chant, recordings

2 pm   Break for 30 minutes

3 pm   Chant, recordings

Meditation   (40 minutes)

4 pm   Chant, recordings

Meditation   (40 minutes)

5 pm   Chant, recordings

Meditation   (30 minutes)

5 pm   Chant, recordings, Closing Prayer

6 pm   End


Suggestions and Etiquette



•    Please do not meditate in the sanctuary if you have a cold, a cough, or the sniffles. Even a slight cough qualifies for this. The space is SOOO quiet that every noise is heard. As a courtesy to your fellow meditators, noise-wise and health-wise, please refrain from coming in this year; there's always the next! Thank you for your understanding.


• Please be sensitive to those around you when you get up: gather your things quietly.

•  There will be a break from about 2:30-3:00 pm for those who can come for only half the day. Other chanting times will happen throughout the day, but we encourage as little moving around as possible during those times.  (If you need to come or go during one of these, it's fine.)  

• Please leave only during a break and not in the middle of a meditation.

• Please sit in the back half of the sanctuary so that when you leave you don't disturb those who are staying.

Most of all have a wonderful time, and may the blessings of the gurus be with you.


How to find us:

Nearly all of our classes and events take place at the Temple in Palo Alto, except for a very few which take place at the Ananda Community in Mountain View (those are specially noted, so you’ll know).
Directions to Ananda Temple in Palo Alto.
Directions to Ananda Community in Mountain View.

When you come to a class or event at the Temple, even if you registered ahead of time, please sign in at the book/gift shop so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The book/gift shop is located in a one-story building just behind the main sanctuary (enter through the sliding-glass door). Map of Ananda Temple grounds (PDF).