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The inner life

Each of us has a calm joyful center, deep within. It may get lost in the hectic pace of life, but it is there, waiting patiently for us. Meditation, introspection, and other yogic practices help us rediscover that joy—and a rich, inner life.

Experience the benefits of meditation in your life. 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 fifty years.  


Learn to MeditatE

Wednesday 3-4 week series

September 4-25 • 7:30 pm • $60 • more info
October 2-23 • 7:30 pm • $60 • more info
November 6-20 • 7:30 pm • $45 • more info
[no series in December]

Saturday classES

September 21 • 10 am-1 pm • $30 • more info
October 12 • 10 am-1 pm • $30 • more info
November 16 • 10 am-1 pm • $30 • more info
December 14 • 10 am-1 pm • $30 • more info


Drop-in Meditations

Ananda Temple

Tuesday-Friday • noon–12:30 pm
Wednesday • 7:30–9 pm
Sunday • 9–9:45 am • Directions

Ananda Community Temple

Monday & Thursday • 6-8 am
Wednesday • 6-7 am
Thursday • 7-8 pm • walking meditation (meet at Master’s Shrine)
Friday • 6-7 am • Directions


Upcoming meditation classes and events


Why meditate?

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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. While its highest and original purpose is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits to body and mind are well established by medical research.

Meditation produces profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love.

What you’ll learn

Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This course includes in-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online. Learn how to:

  • Reduce tension and stress at will

  • Feel happier, more relaxed, and at peace within

  • Improve health, mental clarity, and vitality

  • Develop a more intuitive, heart-centered way of life

  • Discover and explore your inner spiritual nature

Whether you are interested in managing stress or in exploring the spiritual side of meditation, you will feel welcome. Small classes and experienced instructors provide a quality learning environment, with time for individual questions and in-depth exploration. Each class includes guided and silent practice time.

Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators.

Ananda is located in Palo Alto on the Peninsula, just a few blocks south of Stanford University. We are a convenient drive from anywhere in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Can’t Join Us in Person?

Check out our online course: Meditation for Health and Happiness.