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If you aren't quite sure where to begin, try Suggestions for Newcomers. There's no right way to get started. Yogananda’s teachings encompass so many aspects of life, it’s easy to find something that you might enjoy, or that will be meaningful to you. You may also enjoy reading this general introduction to Ananda, its offerings, and approach to spirituality: Ananda: A Place of Awakening (PDF)

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PatanjaliDemystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, April 1-May 27, 7:30 pm, (ongoing course) $15/class  Register
Patanjali’s writings are among the most central teachings on the subject of yoga and meditation. Although many other books have been written, profound confusion has existed about their meaning. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear his Guru teaching from this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, just published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on this extraordinary collection of Yogananda's wisdom on the ancient Yoga Sutras. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these remarkable classes and explore the inmost working of our spiritual life. Each week stands alone in the depth and beauty of Asha’s exposition.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

“Asha, your talks are transforming my life utterly and completely.”
—Vikram Marshall, Portland, OR

“Thank you for being such a wonderful and eloquent instrument of Master. I can’t tell you how much your talks have helped me.”
—Jeff Wells, Homer, AK 


death & dying

Death, Dying, Karma and Reincarnation
Wednesdays, April 2-23, 7:30 pm, $60   Register

“He who made us must surely also love us. His reason for ordaining death as the final act of life must, therefore, be somehow connected with His love.”
—Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained

Birth, death, and reincarnation seem to us fragmented realities. We have little memory of what came before, and no knowledge of what is to come. In fact, these apparently separate experiences are one continuous flow of expanding consciousness. Reincarnation is the highway, karma is the roadmap, astral and physical birth and death are the vehicles in which we travel.

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone & guest teachers

 

meditatingLearn to Meditate
Thursdays, April 3-24, 7:30 PM, $60
Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Bramachari Tandava Waldon

 


Meditación para Principiantes
Learn to Meditate (in Spanish)

Thursdays, April 3-24, 7:30 PM, $60   Register
Ha puesto atención en la lista de “algún día lo haré”, se siente estrezado, anda buscando felicidad, paz. Si es así, hoy es el día perfecto para comenzar. Edwin Bonilla, lo iniciara en la practica de meditación en forma simple, con opciones para sentarse comodamente, ejercicios de respiración, en un ambiente relajado. No necesita experiencia previa.
Instructor: Edwin Bonilla

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan on 4/18, Good Friday)
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

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kirtan o god beautifulKirtan: O God Beautiful
An evening of En~chant~ment
Friday, April 4, 7:30 pm
This special kirtan features Yogananda’s chant, O God Beautiful. In April of 1926 Yogananda led this chant for an hour and a half with an enthusiastic and deeply involved audience at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Following in Yogananda’s footsteps we will chant “O God Beautiful” exclusively this evening. Come prepared to listen to the great Master himself chant, followed by recordings of Swami Kriyananda. Then many musicians will have an opportunity to lead it as well. Calling on Yogananda to be with us that evening, we hope to go as deep as those attending Carnegie Music Hall in 1926.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday April 5, 10 am (1st Saturday each month)
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

hikers

Spirit and Nature: A Hike on the Peninsula
Saturday, April 5, meet at 9 am at Ananda Community entrance; no charge, but donations happily accepted (240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View)
Enjoy the company of friends new and old, as we take a beautiful hike on the Peninsula. You’ll be embarking on a moderate, approximately 4-hour hike that will also include two brief periods of meditation. We’ll begin at the Ananda Community driveway entrance at 9 am to begin our adventure with a prayer, then ride-share to our starting point. Great FUN! Please bring a lunch, water, and whatever snacks you may want. Wearing layers of clothing on the Peninsula is always a good idea.
Guided by Vinny Jones and Saiganesh Sairaman

 

HEALING LOTUSRadiant Health & Healing Retreat
in Half Moon Bay

2 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay on Saturday, April 5, 10 am–4 pm, $40 (pre-registration required)   Register
Join us in practicing Ananda Healing techniques, sharing a meal with friends, and having fun in nature as we support one another on our journey to greater health. Invite your friends old and new—all are welcome. You will experience:

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch.
Instructors: Nayaswami Lahari and other guest teachers

 

easter

Palm Sunday
April 13, Sunday Service, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am
Commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem—the beginning also of his final days on earth. Music and readings help draw you into his spirit of courage and transcendence.
with Nayaswamis Asha & David

 

OratorioEaster Season Concert icon for special event
An Easter Oratorio Celebrating
the Life and Teachings of Jesus

Sunday, April 13, 12:15 pm, free
(donations gratefully accepted)

Lunch will be provided 11:30 am
for those attending the concert,
following the 10 am service

Hear the story of Jesus in music, from his remarkable birth to his joy-filled resurrection. Christ Lives: An Oratorio is performed by a full choir, soloists, and instrumentalists. The music has a lyric quality that reflects the grace and refinement of classical music, unusual in modern compositions. The words are deeply stirring. Swami Kriyananda has written some 400 musical works, but for many, the Oratorio is his masterpiece. It’s a transformative experience, not only for audiences, but also for the musicians. This music is winner of three music prizes in Europe, and has been sung for the Pope in Rome.
Visiting guest conductor, Chaitanya (Patrick) Mahoney

 

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April 18, 7:30 pm, free
We reflect on the courage of Christ’s surrender to God’s will—the ultimate sacrifice. And we ask ourselves how we may open ourselves to that most profound of spiritual acts: openness to God’s will for us.
with Asha & David

 

Jesus Hoffman

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Walk in the Footsteps of Christ

Saturday, April 19, 10 am-2 pm, donation
When Asha tells the story of the life of Jesus it is not something that happened long ago. It happens right in front of you, right inside your own heart. Her deep connection with Jesus, her profound insight into the meaning behind these dramatic events, and her vivid storytelling, make this an extraordinary day of effortless learning and deepening experience of God. Asha will start with the resurrection of Lazarus, take us through the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, then to the dramatic conclusion of arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. You'll walk with Christ in a way you may never have done before. Not in sorrow and defeat, but in courageous, God-surrendered, calm acceptance and joy. The day will also include meditation and music. (Note: This retreat is different from the Oratorio Retreats done in past years.)
guided by Asha

 

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Sunday Service, April 20, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am
One of the spiritual highlights of the year—join in a music-filled, joyful celebration of Christ’s triumph over all earthly limitations, and awaken within yourself the all-conquering power of Spirit.
with Asha & David

Easter Brunch
Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30 pm
Brunch, 1 pm   •  
Adults/$15, $5 children (under 6 free)   Reservation
We will be at Ananda Community in Mountain View, weather permitting, otherwise in the Ananda Temple.

Easter would not be complete without this lovely family brunch in a beautiful, relaxing, out-door setting. Reservations appreciated, but not required; all are welcome.

 

Celebration of the Anniversary of Swami Kriyananda’s Passingphoto of Swami Kriyananda
Monday, April 21, 5:30 pm-7:15 pm Meditation (Please join us for any part of the meditation. Meditating with others on a great soul is a blessing for all.)
7:30 pm Program of music, stories, celebration, remembrance

Live broadcast of the Anniversay Celebration of Swami Kriyananda's Passing
Monday, April 21, 7:30 pm PDT

Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda, left his body one year ago, on April 21, 2013. He lived a life of extraordinary discipleship, love, unending generosity, and wisdom. For many, he was the channel for the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. And for many more, he was a spiritual friend — someone who helped us blossom in spiritual understanding, wherever we were on our soul's long journey. His soul continues to reach out in blessing. This first year anniversary is a unusually sacred moment to celebrate his life, and be touched by his presence.

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Saturday, April 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Nayaswami Biraj

 

bibleMystical Teaching of the Bible
Saturday, April 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30
Register

Curious about the different interpretations of the Bible? How does yogic mystical teaching relate to the more conventional approaches? Or maybe you would like more clarity in dealing with friends or relatives who may try to impose upon you an understanding different from your own? Would you like to integrate the upbringing you had with the Bible with your present spiritual understanding? Possibly you would like a greater familiarity with the content of the Bible—a broader education for inspiration and understanding? Explore these questions with Nirmoha, who has a M.S. in this topic and 16 years as a Lutheran minister before becoming a minister at Ananda.
Instructor: Nirmoha Vargas-Gladen

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm, free
Teaching Center (the building just behind the Temple)
There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers on the 4th Wednesday of each month. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

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Leameditationrn to Meditate
Thursdays, May 1-22, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, May 1-22, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Meditation 1)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able to generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this 4-week series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in "Learn to Meditate".

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

Meditación para Principiantes
Learn to Meditate (in Spanish)
Thursdays, May 1-22, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Ha puesto atención en la lista de “algún día lo haré”, se siente estrezado, anda buscando felicidad, paz. Si es así, hoy es el día perfecto para comenzar. Lilavati, lo iniciara en la practica de meditación en forma simple, con opciones para sentarse comodamente, ejercicios de respiración, en un ambiente relajado. No necesita experiencia previa.
Instructor: Lilavati Aguilar

 

Living Wisdom School Spring Concert
Friday, May 2, 7 pm, free
performed in the Ananda Temple
Enjoy music by the children of Living Wisdom School, as they perform music from the charming to the inspired. Children from K through 8th grades will perform, sharing their spirit and their talents with an appreciative audience.

 

family worshipFamily Worship Service
Saturday, May 3, 10 am (1st Saturday each month)
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Saturday, May 3, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, $30   Register
(note: different time than usual)

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

 

farmA Day at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, May 3, 7:30 am-5 pm, $30 (includes breakfast and lunch)  Register
Spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, just "over the hill" towards the sea. Ananda Valley Farm provides a perfect atmosphere for finding bliss. Come and share a joy-filled day with people who have dedicated their lives to awakening inner bliss. Experience the joy within you as we meditate in the stillness of nature, enjoy "hands in the dirt" practices, nature games, laughter, shared meals, and journaling. We'll end the day with a kirtan.
Ananda Valley Farm address: 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay CA
Guided by Biraj & Lahari

 

Free & Clear Fundraising Dinner
Sunday evening May 4 at 6 pm for  dinner …
and a FUN FILLED evening with  your friends.$25/person, Reserve/Pay

Don Giovanni’s Restaurant, 235 Castro St, Mountain View
A fund raising dinner to complete our Free & Clear campaign, now in its third year, and we are very near our goal of being free and clear of all debt. Only $100,000 to go to own our church!!! Don’t miss this lovely, fun filled evening with friends as we fulfill our promise/affirmation:

“Divine Mother, manifest through us your divine energy,
To make this Ananda Temple of Self Realization
Free and clear of all debt.
A gift of love to God and Gurus,
And to truth-seekers everywhere.”

 

Patanjali book cover imageDemystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, May 6-27, 7:30 pm, (ongoing course) $15/class  Register
Patanjali’s writings are among the most central teachings on the subject of yoga and meditation. Although many other books have been written, profound confusion has existed about their meaning. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear his Guru teaching from this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, just published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on this extraordinary collection of Yogananda's wisdom on the ancient Yoga Sutras. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these remarkable classes and explore the inmost working of our spiritual life. Each week stands alone in the depth and beauty of Asha’s exposition.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

“Asha, your talks are transforming my life utterly and completely.”
—Vikram Marshall, Portland, OR

“Thank you for being such a wonderful and eloquent instrument of Master. I can’t tell you how much your talks have helped me.”
—Jeff Wells, Homer, AK


wellness

How to Be Truly Well
Wednesdays, May 7-28, 6-9 pm, $60  Register  

“Only in the unlimited power of spiritual methods may man find 
a permanent cure for the dis-ease of body, mind and soul.”
— Paramhansa Yogananda 

How can we become truly well? Join us for an immersion in wellness & healing, guided by two life-long medical professionals, Dr. Connie Hernandez, Naturopath, and Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, a Stanford-trained M.D. Each week, we will share a light vegetarian potluck meal, then move into a lively practice and discussion of these essentials of vibrant health and well-being:

Instructor: Drs. Shanti Rubenstone and Connie Hernandez

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan on 5/2, 5/9)
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.
members' candlelight tea

 

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Saturday, May 10, 7 pm
(invitational - for all members)

Mingle and enjoy this beautiful annual, evening celebration for members—a gala event. It's a time to get to know others better, be delightfully entertained, enjoy tasty morsels, and be inspired by the blessings of spiritual family. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here or talk to an Ananda friend or staffer.

 

Creating Courage and Confidence
Saturday, May 17, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
What worries you most? Lack, success, loneliness, intimacy, your future or past—perhaps even yourself? Facing our fears with a clear head and vision is the best and often the only way of releasing them. However, most of us lack the skills necessary to do so. Learn the tools you need to help transcend your fears, and live your life in greater harmony with yourself and the Divine.
Instructor: Nirmoha Vargas-Gladen

 

Restorative Yoga Workshop
Saturday, May 24, 11:15 am-1:15 pm, Ananda Yoga Center, $30
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal
Restorative Yoga is active relaxation. Props are used to allow students to
stay in the asana for longer periods of time, promoting deep, healing relaxation. It is in this deep relaxation phase where true physical flexibility and range of motion are developed. Affirmations, spiritual (uplifting) music, and visualizations are used to influence both the subconscious and conscious mind.
Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, May 28, 7:30 pm, free
Teaching Center (the building just behind the Temple)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers on the 4th Wednesday of each month. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Spirit & Nature: Hikes Around the Bay
Saturday, May 31 and August 9
Meet at Ananda Community entrance at 9 am
Free, but register here so we know how many to expect

Join Ananda friends and take these moderate 4 to 6 mile walks on various hiking trails all around the Bay area. Each one will be chosen to offer a unique experience and varied landscapes. We’ll participate together in guided 'sharing nature' activities or nature games, and brief meditations in nature. We’ve had a few hikes already in the past few months, and people have loved the opportunity to connect more deeply with friends, new and old, on walks that have been breathtakingly beautiful. (Photos from our April hike) Bring lunch, snacks, water, layers of clothes, and anything else to make your trip enjoyable. When we meet at 9 am, we’ll arrange car-pools then, as people wish.
Guides: Saiganesh and Vinny


finding happiness workshopFinding Happiness
Saturday, May 31 (Changed to June 28th)
The title for this just-released movie about Ananda came when the film was almost done. The theme was obvious: Finding Happiness. The challenge now is how to achieve it. “Good times” are not enough. The roots of true happiness run deep. In this seminar you’ll learn five keys to Finding Happiness:

Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

How to find us

Directions

Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.

Occasionally, a class or event takes place at Ananda Community, just a few miles south of the Temple and Teaching Center. You'll see a special mention of it in the description, along with directions.