Classes at the Vedanta Society are based on scripture, biography, commentary, philosophical works. Scriptural texts include the Bhaghadvad 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.
Check the Hollywood calendar for dates and times.
Swami Sarvadevananda leads a class on the Katha Upanishad on select Tuesday evenings.
Introduction to Vedanta
Swami Sarvapriyananda teaches a course on Vedanta philosophy on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings. His current text is Aparokshanubhuti (Direct Realization of the Self) by Shankaracharya.
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 or Swami Sarvapriyananda.
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 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.
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.
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.