Classes at the Vedanta Society are based on scripture, biography, commentary, philosophical works. Scriptural texts include the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. An emphasis is placed on The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna as well as the works of Swami Vivekananda and Shankaracharya.

A typical class includes reading passages or verses together with commentary by the monk or nun leading the class. There is always an opportunity for questions and discussions. Copies of the texts may be purchased at our bookshops; however, not having a copy is not an impediment to learning or enjoying the classes.

Weekly classes are offered in Hollywood, San Diego, and Trabuco. Santa Barbara classes are conducted once a month. In addition to checking location calendar for class dates and times, look for additional classes and talks by visiting swamis.

All classes are free, open-ended and do not require registration. All are welcome.

Hollywood Classes

Santa Barbara Classes

San Diego Classes

Trabuco Classes

Hollywood Classes

Check the Hollywood calendar for dates and times.

Katha Upanishad

Swami Sarvadevananda leads a class on the Katha Upanishad on select Tuesday evenings. 

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Every Wednesday evening we have a class on The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, a record of Sri Ramakrishna’s life and teachings. The class is usually led by Swami Sarvadevananda.

Teachings of Ramakrishna’s Disciples

Swamis Atmavidyananda and Atamatattwananda (Shiva) lead this informal reading and discussion class on Friday evenings in the Green House living room.

Chanting for Beginners

Pravrajika Dayaprana teaches Sanskrit vedic chanting on select Saturday afternoons in the Green House living room.


Sukirtha Alagarswamy and Nancy Walder teach this Sanskrit language class. Beginners are welcome. Class meets in the puja dining room on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

Sunday School

Sunday school guides children, aged 6 and up, in Vedanta practices and philosophy while their parents attend the Sunday morning spiritual talk.

Vida Espiritual Según Escrituras Hindúes

Swami Dhyanayogananda, a native Spanish speaker, leads this scripture class in Spanish on Sunday afternoons.

Santa Barbara Classes

Please check the Santa Barbara calendar for dates and times.

Nectar of Supreme Knowledge

Swami Sarvadevananda teaches a class one Saturday afternoon a month on this book.

Self-Knowledge (Atmabodha)

Swami Sarvapriyananda leads a class on Atmabodha (Self-Knowledge) by Shankaracharya, an introductory text to Vedanta one Saturday afternoon a month.

San Diego Class

Tuesday Evening Study Circle

This 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. The class meets at 6:15 pm. Classes are suspended from July through mid-September.

Trabuco Class

Scripture Class

The resident swamis take turns leading a class on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm on The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, The Baghadvad Gita, and other texts.