Hollywood Temple

Our Hollywood location is home to a temple, a monastery, a convent, bookshop, library, and the society’s administrative offices. Our minister, Swami Sarvadevananda, and other monks reside in the Hollywood monastery.

The temple is open daily to the public from morning meditation through evening classes. Daily puja, worship, is observed at 12:00 noon every day. Daily arati, vespers, is at 6:00 pm. We also host Sunday morning spiritual talks, Sunday School, scripture and chanting classes, kirtans, karma yoga days, and special pujas.

Contact Information

Hours:

6:30am to 7:00pm daily

Puja (Worship) Noon daily

Arati (Vespers) 6:00pm daily

Bookstore:

Phone: (323) 465-7114
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am to 12:30pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 11:00am
Noon to 5:00pm
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS

Closed Wednesdays, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Calendar of Events

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June 2017

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  • Class: Vivekananda's Insp…
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  • Teachings of Ramakrishna'…
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  • Chanting for Beginners
  • Ram Nam
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  • Sanskrit Class
  • Sunday School
  • Spiritual Talk: Swami Sarvadev…
  • Vida Espiritual Según Escritu…
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  • Class: Katha Upanishad
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  • Class: Gospel of Sri Ramakrish…
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  • Class: "What Is Brahman?&…
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  • Teachings of Ramakrishna'…
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  • Chanting for Beginners
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  • Sanskrit Class
  • Sunday School
  • Spiritual Talk: Pravrajika Sev…
  • Vida Espiritual Según Escritu…
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  • Class: Katha Upanishad
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  • Class: Gospel of Sri Ramakrish…
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  • Class: Vivekananda's Insp…
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  • Teachings of Ramakrishna'…
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  • Karma Yoga day
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  • Sanskrit Class
  • Sunday School
  • Spiritual Talk: Swami Mahayoga…
  • Vida Espiritual Según Escritu…
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  • Class: Katha Upanishad
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  • Class: Gospel of Sri Ramakrish…
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  • Class: "Brahman and the W…
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  • Teachings of Ramakrishna'…
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  • Sanskrit Class
  • Vedanta Seva: Hygiene Kit Asse…
  • Sunday School
  • Spiritual Talk: Swami Vedarupa…
  • Vida Espiritual Según Escritu…
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  • Special Talk: Swami Chidananda…
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  • Class: Gospel of Sri Ramakrish…
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  • Vigil
  • Teachings of Ramakrishna'…

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The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna class meets at 7:30 pm Wednesday evening. ... See MoreSee Less

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No Katha Upanishad class this evening. Instead, we will have a special talk from visiting Swami Chidananda Puri on "Vedanta in the Modern Context". Swami Chidananda Puri is based at Advaithashramam, Kolathur in Kerala State, South India. He also holds a chair in Vedanta studies at Calicut university. The Ashramam offers an opportunity to study the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Brahmasutras, and other classical Vedic texts. The Ashramam also publishes many books on various topics in Sanathana Dharma and Vedanta. In addition to its spiritual work, the Ashramam sponsors a home for underprivileged boys and a primary school.

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This summer's Hygiene Kit Drive was a success - and fun! As you can see from the photos we packaged hundreds of bags of basic hygiene materials so that the wonderful organization, PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), can dispatch them to those in need. PATH started in 1984 and for over 30 years have been helping homeless people move into permanent housing. If you have any questions regarding participating in this seva, please contact Jit Sarkar at vedantaseva@yahoo.com ... See MoreSee Less

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We are very pleased to announce the release of a new book on Swami Swahananda, who was head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1976–2012.

The book will be released on Sunday July 2nd, 2017 at the Vedanta Society of Southern California. Swami Sarvadevananda will speak at 11 am on Religion of the Bhagavatam. At 11:45, the book's author, Dr. Malay Das, will introduce the book, and there will be a short power-point presentation on Swami Swahanandaji's life. At noon, there will be a book signing. At 1 pm, all are invited to join in prasad lunch.

About the Book
Swami Swahananda (1921–2012), the head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for thirty-six years, worked ceaselessly to spread Sri Ramakrishna’s message. He established a large number of centers and subcenters throughout the United States and has left the Ramakrishna movement in the West a rich legacy.

In this intimate, loving portrait, Dr. Malay Das presents Swami Swahananda as he knew him during the last seventeen years of the swami’s life. We witness the guru’s compassionate care for devotees and disciples, his ability to love with detachment, and his dignity and grace during his final illness.

What emerges in this book is not only a vivid account of a remarkable spiritual leader. It is also the enrichment of Dr. Das’s life that occurred as a result of knowing his guru. Over the course of their relationship, the swami became Dr. Das’s spiritual father, and Dr. Das became not only Swahanandaji’s disciple but also his physician, traveling with him and eventually helping to shepherd him through his final days. Beyond Dr. Das’s formal initiation in which he received his mantra, his relationship with Swami Swahananda was itself an initiation into a more God-centered life than he had known before.

This book will remind those who knew Swami Swahananda of the ways he touched and left an imprint on their lives. For those readers who did not have the opportunity to meet the swami in person, the book offers them a glimpse into the life and work of this great monk and spiritual teacher.
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Please join us on Tuesday, June 27 for a special talk. Swami Chidananda Puri is based at Advaithashramam, Kolathur in Kerala State, South India. He also holds a chair in Vedanta studies at Calicut university. The Ashramam offers an opportunity to study the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Brahmasutras, and other classical Vedic texts. The Ashramam also publishes many books on various topics in Sanathana Dharma and Vedanta. In addition to its spiritual work, the Ashramam sponsors a home for underprivileged boys and a primary school. ... See MoreSee Less

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