SRF Berkeley

Walnut Creek
,  
United States

The Self Realization Fellowship was founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda. He is known as the pioneering father of yoga in the west. The Bay Area SRF family moved locations a few times, including a temporary move to their Berkeley temple from 2012-2020. Finally they found a permanent home at their current location in Walnut Creek, California. They currently offer meditations varying in duration from 40 minutes to 6 hours, and are open and welcoming to anyone at any point in their spiritual journey.

Tradition & Practice
Hinduism
Kriya Yoga
Kind of Place
Center

Practice and Meditation

Self Realization Fellowship meditations are periods of silence ranging from 40 minutes to upward of 6 hours. Energization Exercises are a method of exercise, offered optionally during meditations, that directly awakens the all-healing life force for the maintenance of health and the direct healing of disease. Berkeley Temple holds quarterly Learn to Meditate Classes as well. Brother Jayananda gives simple yet profound methods of meditation and provide an introduction to the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

The Place

Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self Realization Fellowship in Boston in 1920. He then visited the San Francisco Bay Area in November 1924 and the following year established the SRF's headquarters in Los Angeles, California. In 1949, Kamala Silva, a devoted SRF member, moved to Northern California and began searching for a permanent home for the growing number of SRF members in the Bay Area. The group moved to various locations in Oakland and Berkeley. In 1974, a church and three acres of surrounding property purchased, and then the Richmond themple was born. After leaving that location a temporary location in Berkeley was secured for the Bay and served as their local spiritual home from 2012 until 2020. They finally found their permanent home in Walnut Creek which is now known as the Bay Area Temple. They are easily accessible, with public transit located close by, and parking located on the property and the street.

Lineage and
Organization

Self-Realization Fellowship is a worldwide spiritual organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920 and legally incorporated as a non-profit religious organization in 1935, to serve as Yogananda's instrument for the preservation and worldwide dissemination of his writings and teachings, including Kriya Yoga.

Contact

bayareatemple-srf.org+1 925 437 8888
2317 Buena Vista Avenue
Walnut Creek
4597
United States

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