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

Summer Recess — The Monastery returns from recess, on September 16, with a Spiritual Talk with Swami Sarvadevananda.

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

September 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 resume in October.

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.

Upcoming events to be announced, after recess.


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.

09/16   Nitya and Lila — Swami Sarvadevananda


09/24   The Law of Justice — Swami Vedarupananda



Special Events 

Future events to be announced.