Ramakrishna Monastery, San Diego

Ramakrishna Monastery-San DiegoThe San Diego Monastery holds Sunday lectures, evening classes, and meditation and vesper services. Regular visitors are welcome to borrow books and tapes from the monastery library. In addition, a selection of spiritual books and other items are available for purchase from the bookstore. See the photo gallery here.


1440 Upas Street
San Diego, CA 92103-5129
Phone: (619) 291-9377
Email: sandiego@vedanta.org
Website: http://www.sandiegovedanta.org


Visitors are welcome for scheduled activities. For all other visits, please call ahead.

Arati (Vespers) 6:00pm daily

Upcoming Events


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From the North:

  • Take Interstate 5 South to Highway 163.
  • Take Highway 163 North.
  • Exit at Richmond St.
  • Turn right on Upas St.

From the North via Highway 163:

  • Take Highway 163 South.
  • Exit at University Ave.
  • Turn left on University Ave.
  • Turn right on Richmond St.
  • Turn left on Upas St.

From the South:

  • Take Interstate 5 North.
  • Take Highway 163 North.
  • Exit at Richmond St.
  • Turn right on Upas St.


In 1957, Swami Prabhavananda came to San Diego to meet with a small group of people interested in Vedanta. He sent one of his assistants to continue the meetings for a time, but eventually they became sporadic and were finally discontinued.

In the early 1970s, the meetings resumed and were led by another of Swami Prabhavananda’s assistants. These meetings continued steadily and were held at private homes—first in El Cajon, then Del Mar, and finally La Mesa.

In 1983, under the guidance of Swami Swahananda, a house adjacent to the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park was purchased by the Vedanta Society of Southern California. Lectures, classes and worship services have been held regularly with a resident swami ever since.