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

Videos online — You can see various videos of speaking engagements at Most recently added is that of Swami Suhitananda, General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. He spoke on Sri Srada Devi, the mother of the Ramakrishna movement. 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

November 2016   December 2016

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:    12/13     12/20

Time: 6:15 pm – 7:15 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.

To be announced.



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.

12/04   Be Here Now — Swami Vedarupananda


12/10   Holy Mother — Swami Sarvadevananda


12/18   No talk due to Holy Mother Puja; please see below. 

12/25   No talk due to Christmas. Please join us for Christmas Eve.

Special Events

12/18    Holy Mother Puja

Sunday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

10:00 am   Ritual Worship

12:15 pm    On Holy Mother  —  a talk by Swami Yogeshananda

1:00 pm     Prasad Lunch

12/24    Christmas Eve Program

Saturday, 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

5:45 pm    Arati, Worship, and Carols

7:15 pm     The Divine Mirror  — a talk by Buddhananda

7:45 pm    Holiday Dinner