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

Navaratri Chanting — Join in the chanting of “Jai Sri Durga,” October 1 through October 11, during the season of the Divine Mother worship. For more information and to make a pledge, go to

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

Spiritual Cafe at San Diego Vedanta — Come and join discussions designed to explore ways of spiritualizing everyday life.  The Spiritual Cafe’ engages all in an interactive format that brings about the sharing of various ideas regarding the monthly topic. The date and topic for the next Cafe will be announced. 

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

October 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:    10/11     10/18     10/25

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.

10/02   Life in the Afterworld — Swami Vedarupananda


10/09   The Power of Divine Vibration — Dr. Sthaneshwar Timalsina


10/15   The Inner World and the Outer — Swami Atmarupananda


10/22   A Unique Teacher, Swami Abhedananda — Swami Sarvadevananda


10/30   New Beginnings — Swami Brahmavidyananda


Special Events

10/1 through 10/11    Navaratri Chanting

Join in the chanting of “Jai Sri Durga,” during the season of the Divine Mother worship. For more information and to make a pledge, go to