Explore classes & events by date
through August, 2017


JUNE

 

Drop-In Meditations
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm, free
Wednesday, 7:30 pm, free

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Eight Manifestations of God

Eight Manifestations of God:
Exploring Qualities of the Divine

Wednesdays, June 7-28, 6 pm, $60  Register
Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner 
   6-7 pm     Experiential practices and application
   7-7:45      Potluck: bring a vegetarian dish to share
   7:45-9      Class and discussion
The eight qualities of the Divine—love, peace, joy, power, wisdom, calmness, light and sound—are not just pious sentiments. Rather, these are the tangible ways in which Superconsciousness manifests itself into the physical world. The spiritual path involves opening ourselves to the possibility of these traits becoming real in our everyday lives. Join us and find ways to experience each of these manifestations within your own self.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

expanding awarenessKriya Preparation 2
Expanding Your Awareness

Thursdays, June 15-July 6 (4 weeks)
Note new time: 7-9 pm, $60 Register

Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1
Meditation has often been called “the listening part of prayer.” After we have done our share of talking, meditation leaves an opening for the Divine to respond. Learn how to expand your awareness to embrace more than you thought possible, with techniques especially designed to cultivate devotion and heart qualities.

Instructor: Brahmachari Tandava
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, June 25, 11:45 am, free
the last Sunday of the month
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 pm, free  
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

We look forward to meeting you.
Hosted by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Next Wave Kirtan
Friday June 30, 7 pm

Ananda Valley Farm
Join us for an evening of sacred song from devotees from many Ananda colonies, led especially by young Ananda folks. And enjoy the astral beauty of the farm on a beautiful summer evening.


JULY

family prayingFamily Worship Service
Saturday, July 1, 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

inner guidance

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Saturday, July 1, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Beyond wishful thinking, imagination, or channeling, true inner guidance is calm, centered knowing. But sometimes fears and conflicting desires obscure the truth. Learn to still your mind and open your heart to the whispers of guidance that are freely available to you. Learn specific, proven techniques for drawing inner guidance, and testing its validity in your life. Discover who you really are, and all you are meant to become. Topics include:

Instructor: David G
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

musicNext Wave Joy Concert
Lytton Plaza, corner of University and Emerson in downtown PA (outdoors)
Saturday, July 1, 7 pm, free

Enjoy an evening of uplifting and joyful music performed by Ananda Palo Alto choir as well as Ananda's next generation. As an unusual treat, Swami Kriyananda's music will take to the streets of Palo Alto as these musicians perform in University Square of downtown Palo Alto. Bring your friends and family to this fun outing and support the "next wave" choir as they spread good cheer and spiritual upliftment.

 

Indian

An Enchanting Evening in India
Next Wave Fundraiser/Dinner

Sunday, July 2, 6 pm, $15 (and additional donations appreciated)
Ananda Community Courtyard

** Reserve your place now **
It will really help us with preparation for your feast

Let us take you on a pilgrimage to the land of Ganges, woods, and Himalayan caves, where men dream God. Treat yourself to a lavish Indian banquet served outdoors. Replete with colorful themes, sacred music and storytelling from Hindu mythology, this evening promises to be one that will enchant all your senses. You are welcome to dress in your Indian finery. The event is organized by Ananda's next generation of young people. Proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting the "next wave" of Ananda from around the world in their annual gatherings.
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Drop-In Meditations
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm, free
Wednesday, 7:30 pm, free

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

pool throws

Larry & July 4July 4th Pool Party and Potluck
Potluck ~ Laughter ~ Swimming ~ Relaxation with Friends
Tuesday, July 4th Ananda Community 
3-5 pm Pool party 
5-6:30 pm Vegetarian pot-luck dinner and fun
Bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to share. (Community will provide drinks and ice cream.) Enjoy relaxed time with your spiritual family, splashing in the pool, ping pong, and croquet on the green. Friends and family are most welcome to this casual Ananda style pot-luck. (Plenty of parking in unnumbered spots in the community, or anywhere on Monroe Drive.)
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, July 5-26 (4-week series)
7:30 pm, $60  Register

required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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 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 fifty years.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. Learn more...
Instructor for 4-week series: Nayaswami Biraj
Instructor for Saturday class: Brahmachari Saiganesh
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

death & dying

Death, Dying, Karma and Reincarnation
Wednesdays, July 5-26, 6 pm, $60  Register

6-7 pm: Conversation, ceremony, celebration, release...
Share your story, and listen as others share theirs
7 pm: Snack time: bring a vegetarian dish to share
7:30-9 pm: Class and discussion

“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 by Swami Kriyananda

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, MD, Connie Hernandez, ND, Nayaswami Bhajana, & Nayaswami Lahiri
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, July 7 & 21, 7:30 pm, free
(1st & 3rd Fridays)

Join us for 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

picking cauliflowerMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch

2nd Saturday of the month
Soak in The Farm’s verdant life as we approach the peak of summer. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

change your magnetismChange your Magnetism,
Change Your Life
An All-Day Seminar

Saturday, July 8, 10 am-4 pm, $60  Register
Attract what you truly need by activating the powerful laws of magnetism. Success or failure in any area of life depends on the strength and quality of your magnetism. Will power, concentration and enthusiasm are key to releasing the enormous energy within and directing it one-pointedly toward whatever you want to achieve. An unshakably positive attitude, solution consciousness and non-attachment are just some of the qualities that determine the outcome of any endeavor. Paramhansa Yogananda described spiritual magnetism as the “power of all powers,” and often counseled people to concentrate first on developing spiritual magnetism. He said: “Develop power to attract the highest naidhruvathing, then you can easily attract all lesser things.”

Nayaswami Naidhruva Rush brings great depth to her teaching and writing as an expert in the precepts of Paramhansa Yogananda. For nearly forty years she has been living these principles and sharing them as managing editor of Clarity Magazine, a publication devoted to Yogananda and Kriyananda’s teachings and their application in daily life.

She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964, worked in the civil rights movement as a staff attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and later served as the Director of Community Law Offices in New York City. Currently she is Director of the Board of Advisors to an award-winning non-profit clinic. She is author or editor of four books: the recently published Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life; In Divine Friendship (Swami Kriyananda’s Letters), Swami Kriyananda: A Life in God, and The Ananda Cookbook. She lives at Ananda Village.
Instructor: Nayaswami Naidhruva

Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

guru day offering

Guru Day Retreat:
Guru RetreatAn Evening of Storytelling and Pilgrimage

Saturday, July 15, 6-10 pm, free
Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community*
This is one of the most sacred events of our year. Guru is Sanskrit, meaning “to lead out of darkness.” India has had a long tradition of passing spiritual truths from teacher to student, from guru to disciple.

Immerse in an evening of inspiring stories and music celebrating the life and teachings of the gurus particular to Ananda. Learn about Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-known spiritual teachers of the past century, as well as his own lineage of teachers: Swami Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji, and Jesus. If you have read Autobiography of a Yogi and thrilled to the stories of these saints’ lives, you will have the opportunity to feel their presence and spirit in this special evening of stories, chanting, and meditating outdoors in the community courtyard, visiting shrines dedicated to each of the gurus.
*you’ll appreciate a jacket and some layers as the evening gradually cools
Guided by Shanti and others
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

meditation malaWhy Become a Kriya Yogi?
Saturday, July 22
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Kriya means inner action. When you practice it as intended, you are working beyond the body and beyond the mind to experience an expanded understanding and consciousness. By learning and practicing Kriya yoga faithfully and with discipline, you become the master of your destiny: the storms and travails of life have little effect and the joys and appreciation of life increase. Bhajana, a Kriya meditator for over 20 years, shares the profound importance of having Kriya Yoga in your life.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 pm, free   
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

We look forward to meeting you.
Hosted by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, July 29, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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 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 fifty years. Learn more...

Instructor: Brahmachari Saiganesh
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

prayerTen Ways to Develop Devotion
Saturday, July 29 10 am-1 pm
$30  Register

“In the quest for God, the unfolding of the heart’s natural love, in the form of deep devotion, is the prime requisite for success.”
— Swami Kriyananda

 
Saints and sages from many traditions encourage spiritual growth through the practice of devotion. What is devotion? Are we born with it? Can it be developed? How can it help me advance in my spiritual life? Come and explore this important aspect of the spiritual path with enthusiastic souls who have experienced the power of devotion. They will share their successes and guide you in practices to awaken and develop this essential quality in your own heart. You will learn and practice how to:

Instructors: Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, July 30, 11:45 am, free
the last Sunday of the month
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

AUGUST

Drop-In Meditations
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm, free
Wednesday, 7:30 pm, free

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Joy of chanting

The Joy of Chanting
Wednesdays, August 2, 16 and 23, 7:30 pm
(3-week series) $45  Register
 
If you've made a resolution to deepen your enjoyment or practice, now's your chants! This hands-on class is designed to give you everything you need to begin your own chanting (for beginners), chant better (for those with some experience), or chant more confidently and blissfully (for long-timers). If you want to learn about using chants in your sadhana or about different types of chanting, or just want to sing, this series is for you. (Or even if you don’t think you can sing, but have a song in your heart.) Feel free to bring your own harmonium, guitar or other instrument, but instruments aren't required.
Instructor: Saranya LaCosse, Tandava, Janice Fairlee and team
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, August 4   (no kirtan 8/18)
7:30 pm, free (usually 1st & 3rd Fridays)

Join us for 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 


family prayingFamily Worship Service

Saturday, August 5, 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

girl with chickenMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, August 5
9:30 am-1:30 pm
(1st Saturday this month;
usually 2nd Saturday of the month)

Bring a bag lunch

The farm is teeming with life and bountiful organic produce. There are bountiful seva (service) projects, too. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

SRW Expanding LightSpiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 6–Sunday, August 13     Learn more or Register
Ananda Village Nevada City, CA
This is the spiritual highlight of the year at Ananda Village. It’s also a wonderful time of renewal in the peaceful, rural surroundings of one of the largest intentional communities in the country. Enjoy seven days of inspiration and spiritual transformation (or as many days as you can come), through daily yoga and meditation, devotional chanting, music and theater, fellowship with like-minded seekers, and daily morning classes outdoors overlooking Lotus Lake, with remarkable speakers who have been living these teachings, many of them for more than 30 years. Ananda Village is where Ananda began nearly 50 years ago, and is located just outside of Nevada City, CA, about 4 hours northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Call soon for housing as accommodations are likely to fill quickly: The Expanding Light Retreat, (800) 346-5350.

Note: On Thursday evening, August 10, Ananda Palo Alto Players will present the play, The Land of Golden Sunshine in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater overlooking a lake. It’s an unforgettable venue for evening theater.

Note: In Palo Alto, Sunday Service will be offered as usual, without interruption, but otherwise, there are no classes or events during this special week.

 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesday, Aug 15-29, 7:30 pm
$15/class, drop-ins welcome  Register

What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life. (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found on Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, August 16-30 (3-week series)
7:30 pm, $45  Register
or a single Saturday class, August 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30
 Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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 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 fifty years.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. Learn more...
Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chakrasChakras: Doorways to Your Karmic Matrix
Saturday, August 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Your chakras hold the key to who you are and how you think, feel, and react to the world. Chakras are the integrated storehouses of your karma—complex, fascinating, and the key to understanding your personal spiritual journey.
We’ll explore:

Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



KrishnaKrishna Kirtan (Janmashtami)
Outdoors on the Ananda Community Green
Friday, August 18, 7 pm, free

Honor Krishna by coming to this special kirtan. Join in singing or meditating to many chants devoted to one of the most beloved saints of India. King, warrior, peacemaker, great lover of God — Krishna is worshipped and understood to be an incarnation of the Divine, much like Jesus is in the West. His remarkable life and teachings are captured in the epic Mahabharata, of which a small part is the Bhagavad Gita—a sacred scripture of the East. The kirtan will be led by Raghu Clark and fellow kirtan musicians.
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

choir and flute

A Summer Concert
Sunday, August 20, 12:15 pm, free (donations gratefully accepted)

“Swami Vivekananda said that the first thing that you notice about people who practice yoga is that their voices become sweet.”
—Swami Kriyananda

Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music by Swami Kriyananda — including many rarely heard gems. Solos, small ensembles, choir, and instrumentalists will share a wide variety of music and moods: Rumanian memories, pieces in Italian, songs set to the exquisite lyrics of Shakespeare, humorous music, and the heart of Swamiji’s music: sacred pieces that stir the soul.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, August 25, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. There is ample time during the webinars for questions. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, August 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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 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 fifty years. Learn more...

Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, August 27, 11:45 am, free
the last Sunday of the month
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Wednesday, August 30, 7:30 pm
free    Directions
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

(last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

We look forward to meeting you.
Hosted by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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.