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Program

Program Schedule 

Sunday, August 4

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Video of Paramahansa YoganandaPasadena Ballroom
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.Open House
Patio Area (4th level)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.Newcomers' WelcomeCatalina Ballroom
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Hidden” Love and Joy of GodCalifornia Ballroom & Pasadena Room
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.Meditation California Ballroom

Monday, August 5

Morning Pilgrimages to the Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Meditation With Kirtan (Devotional Chanting)  California Ballroom
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Recharging the Body With Cosmic Energy  
 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Mastering the Techniques of Meditation - Part I  
 
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Marriage and Family Life: Building a Spiritual Foundation
California Ballroom & Pasadena Room
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation  California Ballroom

Tuesday, August 6

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Meditation  California Ballroom
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Satsanga (Questions and Answers)  California Ballroom
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part II   
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Developing a Moment-to-Moment Relationship With GodCalifornia Ballroom & Pasadena Room
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation  California Ballroom

Wednesday, August 7

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Meditation With Kirtan (Devotional Chanting)  California Ballroom
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  
Teen Class: Being a Teen in Today's World  
(For teens only)

(Contact Youth Services)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  SatsangaCalifornia Ballroom
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Are We Letting Life’s Circumstances Control Us?California Ballroom & Pasadena Room
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation    California Ballroom

Thursday, August 8

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Meditation    California Ballroom
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Satsanga (Questions and Answers)  California Ballroom
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Kirtan (Devotional Chanting) 
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The Guru and the Disciple California Ballroom & Pasadena Room 
9:00 – 9:30 p.m.The Guru and the Disciple   
9:30 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation  California Ballroom

Friday, August 9

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Guided Meditation  Pasadena Room (today only) 
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Kriya Yoga Ceremony  California Ballroom
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Kriya Yoga Ceremony   California Ballroom 
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  
Meditation Techniques Review Class Pasadena Room
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Bro. Chidananda’s SatsangaCalifornia Ballroom & Pasadena Room 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation    California Ballroom

Saturday, August 10

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Meditation   California Ballroom
10:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Kriya Yoga Review / Kriya Yoga Checking(for new initiates only)  Pasadena Ballroom Only
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Kriya Yoga Review for Kriyabans    California Ballroom Only
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Divine Friendship: Seeing God in All California Ballroom
2:00 p.m.  Informal reception with monastics  Patio Area (4th level)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  MeditationCalifornia Ballroom

Sunday, August 11

7:00 a.m.– 6:30 p.m.  Pilgrimages to Encinitas Ashram Center

Kriya Yoga Ceremony

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All Kriyabans attending this year's Convocation will have the opportunity to participate in a Kriya Yoga initiation. The Kriya ceremonies will be held in the California Ballroom on Friday, August 10. Advance registration is required for this event.

If you have not yet received Kriya Yoga, you are welcome to apply if you:

Have completed Steps I and II (through number 52) of the previous edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. (Students of the new Basic Lessons series will become eligible to apply for Kriya Yoga upon receiving Lesson 17.)

Have regularly practiced the basic techniques taught in Steps I and II of the Lessons (the Energization Exercises and the Hong Sau and Aum Techniques).

Sincerely desire to enter the guru-disciple relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda and the other Self-Realization Fellowship Gurus.

You will be given the opportunity to apply for Kriya Yoga by completing a personal report questionnaire when you register online for Convocation. 

Please contact us if you have any questions about your eligibility for receiving Kriya Yoga.

Download Kriya Yoga registration forms
Learn more about Kriya Yoga

Pilgrimages

Eand P World Convocation Program Pilgrimages
Welcoming Convocation participants during a Lake Shrine Temple pilgrimage

We invite you to join guided pilgrimages to our ashram centers, temples, hermitages, and retreats, where the natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere offer refreshment to mind and spirit. Most of these spiritual centers were established by Paramahansa Yogananda during his lifetime, and have since become places of pilgrimage for thousands of people each year who come from all parts of the globe to visit the sites where this great world teacher lived, worked, and communed with God. Please note that the pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, the Hollywood Temple, and our Guru's crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park will be conducted at the same times as the morning meditations, kirtans and satsangas. There will be kirtans and talks at the pilgrimage sites. The ashram centers, temples, and retreats will only be open to those attending the pilgrimages.

Pilgrimages may be selected when you register for Convocation.

Pilgrimage Schedule

Pilgrimage Event

Day

Time

 Mother Center

Tuesday

7:45 a.m. (English and Spanish)

8:00 a.m. (English, and

Disabled Access)*†


Wednesday

7:45 a.m. (English, Italian and Portuguese)

8:00 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)*†

 

Thursday

7:45 a.m. (English, French, German and

Japanese)

8:00 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †


 Lake Shrine        

Monday

7:00 a.m. (English)

7:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †

  

Tuesday

7:00 a.m. (English)

7:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †

 

Wednesday

7:00 a.m. (English)

7:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †

 

Thursday

7:00 a.m. (English)

7:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †


Hollywood Temple
& Forest Lawn 

Monday

8:30 a.m. (English)

9:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †


Tuesday

8:30 a.m. (English)

9:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †

 

Wednesday

8:30 a.m. (English)

9:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †

 

Thursday

8:30 a.m. (English)

9:15 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †


Encinitas               

Sunday     

7:00 a.m. (English)

7:30 a.m. (English)

8:00 a.m. (English)

8:30 a.m. (English and Disabled Access)* †


Information

Unless otherwise noted, pilgrimages are conducted in English.

Devotional chanting and/or talks by monastics are part of the pilgrimages.

A light lunch will be served on weekday pilgrimages. Buses are scheduled to return to the Bonaventure Hotel in time for the afternoon classes.

A light snack and lunch will be served on the Encinitas pilgrimage. Return buses depart from Encinitas between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to the Bonaventure Hotel.

Please note that for local residents from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, Encinitas and Mother Center pilgrimage tickets are NOT available as standby.

* Wheelchair access at pilgrimage site. For those who can walk up and down the bus steps (bus has 2–4 steps). Please note: SRF does not provide wheelchairs. You may bring your own or rent one from the hotel.

† Wheelchair access at pilgrimage site. For those who cannot walk up and down the bus steps (bus has wheelchair lift). Please note: SRF does not provide wheelchairs. You may bring your own or rent one from the hotel.

Video Presentations and Photo Exhibit

Eand P World Convocation Program Photo Display

Two inspiring videos on the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda will be shown this year. A schedule with specific show times will be available at the information desk located in the Santa Anita Room.

Inspirational video programs will be shown between classes. In addition, the hotel’s fifth-level atrium will be turned into a photo gallery display featuring ninety studio-quality photos of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Meditation

Monastic disciples will lead group meditations throughout the week in the California Ballroom.

One-hour meditations are offered starting on Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. as well as Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

There are three 3-hour meditations, two with kirtan on Monday and Wednesday, and one guided meditation on Friday all starting at 8:00 a.m. Also, on Saturday, there will be a 1–1/2 hour meditation starting at 7:00 p.m.

In addition, a meditation room, located in the Catalina Room, will be open for all who wish to meditate during the intervals between classes.

Eand P World Convocation Program Kirtan
Monks’ kirtan group

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