San Diego Monastery


The San Diego Monastery, a branch of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, is located near Balboa Park, at 1440 Upas Street. It holds Sunday lectures, evening classes, and meditation and vesper services.


Featured Items

Iyengar Yoga classes  — Carolyn Belko, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, will lead four weekly yoga sessions, beginning Monday, June 5.

Summer Recess — Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the special summer events listed below. Other than these events, the Monastery will be closed July through mid-September.

Videos online — Vedanta Video,, features videos of various speaking engagements. San Diego Vedanta also has videos, which you will enjoy, such as those featuring Father Michael Fish.

Religion & Spirituality — Swami Sarvadevananda’s talk on Religion & Spirituality is at

The Light Within — Swami Sarvapriyananda talk on The Light Within is at

Article — An article on Swami Vivekananda — Swami Vivekananda; pop star of his time discusses the 19th century swami who influenced Rockefeller, Tesla, and J.D. Salinger.



Monthly Schedule

June July, and August 2017

Tuesday Evenings

Tuesday Evening Study Circle

Vedanta Sara: the Basics of Advaita Vedanta is an informal class to understand and reflect on the principles and practices of Advaita Vedanta. If you are interested in joining, you may sign up at the monastery or talk with Swami Harinamananda.

Upcoming sessions:    To be announced, after recess.

Time: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Prior to class, Arati (Vespers) starts at 5:00 pm.


Friday Evenings, 7:15 pm

You are invited to enjoy evenings of spiritual exploration, discussions, music, and/or multimedia presentations. Prior to these main events, Arati (Vespers) is conducted at 6:00 pm, and frequently there is a potluck before the talk begins.

07/07    Please see Special Events section regarding The Bhagavad Gita’s Spiritual Approach in Life 


Weekend Group Worship & Spiritual Talks 

10:00 am:  All are welcome to share in a guided group worship in the shrine room, preceding most Sunday lectures. Please note: this worship may be suspended when there is a special program or when the resident swami is away.

11:00 am:  Please plan to join us for enriching lectures and Q&A that focus on spiritual matters which impact our daily lives and our highest aspirations. Talks begin at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.

08/13   Kirishna Puja. Please see details, below.


Special Events

07/07 & 07/08     The Bhagavad Gita’s Spiritual Approach in Life: a Two-Day Spiritual Retreat with Swami Sarvapriyananda

Swami Sarvapriyananda, visiting from the Vedanta Society of New York will lead a two spiritual retreats.  A light lunch is included. Please note that attendance will be limited, so early registration is advised. To register please email

Update: The retreat is full. For those who cannot attend, video streaming will be available, via Facebook.  Facebook will allow you to view Live Stream without having an account. However, if  you visit the page before the streaming begins, Facebook may block your view with a banner inviting you to “Create An Account.” This should disappear once the stream begins. If not, try reloading the webpage. Streaming will begin before the opening session begins, at  For flier, click here.

07/07   Laying the Foundation


10:00 am     Topic 1 – The Gita’s Approach to Spiritual Life

11:15 am       Break

11:45 am      Topic 2 – The Heart of the Bhagavad Gita

1:00 pm       Lunch, followed by afternoon break until 5:00 pm.

5:00 pm       Arati, with Guided Meditation

6:00 pm      Supper with Swami Sarvapriyananda / Q&A

07/08   Applying the Principles


10:00 am     Topic 3 – The Power of Choice

11:15 am       Break

11:45 am      Topic 4 – Living in Freedom

1:00 pm       Lunch, concluding at 2:00 pm


 08/12   Karma Yoga Day


Details to be announced.

08/13   Krishna Puja 

Sunday, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

 Details to be announced.