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 — 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

The Bhagavad Gita —  Swami Sarvapriyananda’s discusses topics during a two-day retreat at the San Diego Vedanta Monestary:

         Day One: Laying the Foundation
          The Bhagavad Gita’s Spiritual Approach to Life
          The Heart of Bhagavad Gita

          Day Two: Applying the Principles
          The Power of Choice
          Living in Freedom

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

January 2018

Tuesday Evenings

Vedanta Scripture Class

Time: 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Sessions:  01/21     01/30


Friday Evenings

You are invited to attend Evening Arati with silent meditation at 6:00 pm.


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.

01/07    Swami Vivekananda Puja — Begins at 10:00 am; see below for details.

01/13    “I Shall Be a Voice Without a Form” — Swami Sarvadevananda


01/21    The Power of Speech: Mantra — Dr. Sthaneswar Timalsina


01/28    Self-psychology — Swami Vedarupananda 



Special Events 

01/07    Swami Vivekananda Puja  


10:00 am     Ritual Worship

12:00 pm     Music & Flower Offering

12:15 pm      “Meditations on Dakshinewar” — Presentation about Swamiji’s relationship with Mother Kali, in photos and stories.

1:00 pm       Prasad Lunch

01/13    Vegatarian Potluck Lunch  

Sunday, following Spiritual Talk with Swami Sarvadevananda