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

Sunday Program changed to Weekend Programs — Starting in April, Spiritual Talks will take place on Saturdays or Sundays, at 11:00 am. This is to accommodate the busy schedules of swamis and ensure that we may benefit from their holy company.

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

May flier

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:    05/03,   05/10,   05/17,    05/24,    05/31

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.

March events will all be on Saturdays or Sundays.


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.

Beginning in April, the regular Sunday Program is suspended, replaced by Weekend Spiritual Talks which will be held either Saturday or Sunday. This is to accommodate the busy schedules of swamis and ensure that we may benefit from their holy company.

05/01   Pilgrimage–the Inner Journey  —  Swami Harinaminanda

Sunday, 11:00 am

05/08   Tasting Samadhi in Everyday Life  —  Swami Brahmavidyananda

Sunday, 11:00 am

05/14    Ultimate Truth: Full or Void?  —  Swami Sarvadevananda

Saturday, 11:00 am

05/22   Will Power  —  Swami Vedarupananda

Sunday, 11:00 am

05/28   The Diversity of Sri Ramakrishna’s Disciples  —  Swami Atmavidyananda

Saturday, 11:00 am

Special Events

04/28   An Evening with Swami Ishtananda 

Thursday,  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We will have an informal visit with Swami Ishtananda, from the Vedanta Society of St. Petersburg, Florida. Please note that Arati (Vespers) will begin at 6:00 pm.