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Come visit Ananda and discover...

Ananda exists to help people grow spiritually. Whether you are seeking more peace in your life, or a deeper connection with God, Ananda offers support and friendship for your spiritual journey. People of all faiths feel welcome at Ananda. The emphasis is on the individual quest for Self-realization, the unifying reality behind all spiritual traditions.


Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation in the Bay Area, and has trained thousands of students over the past 40 years.


You may explore these in teachings in depth, through Sunday services weekly at 10, classes offered nearly every night of the week and Saturday mornings, classes posted to YouTube, and live streamed Sunday services.

“I experienced a wonderful peace and stillness, such as I have only read about, and until then, felt was only attainable by the great saints. It was a tangible experience of God’s presence in my life. You have taught me how to find God within, and have been truly divine friends along the way. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
—J.N., Mountain View


All are welcome

Ananda’s primary goal is to help people achieve Self-realization, a state of consciousness that comes through shedding all outward self-definitions. Ananda has, therefore, created communities and centers that welcome all sincere seekers, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone to pursue the search for God.


What we believe


This teaching was brought to America in the early 1920s by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and has been continued by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.

"This is the first concept of God that I can fully embrace. Exactly what I needed to hear, in a way that I could hear it."
—Lois M., Scientist, Palo Alto
“For three years I have been searching for a place of worship, a place where I could express my spirit. Here, I am finding answers to questions I have asked for decades. Thank you for shining your love like a lighthouse, guiding me home.”
—D. B. Palo Alto
“From my heart, I want to thank you for all you do in your teachings and guidance that have helped me and many others. Despite all my previous resistance to religion, your talks, tapes, and wisdom have been the lifeline for me, the doorway through which I was finally able to access my real, spiritual home.  I am forever grateful to you for leading me back to the real purpose of life.”
—Joycee W., Museum Assistant, San Francisco