San Diego Monastery

The 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.

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

Arati (Vespers) 6:00pm daily

Calendar of Events

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March 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Sri Ramakrishna Puja
  • Fate, Fortune, or Karma
  • Class: The Basics of Advaita Vedanta
  • Sri Ramakrishna—Who Is He?
  • Class: The Basics of Advaita Vedanta
  • The Interdependency of Spirituality and Activism
  • Spiritual Retreat led by Swami Atmarupananda

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A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena, whose garments are torn by storms and whose bodies are maimed in the course of contest. Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim, who try over and over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation and even defeat. - Nelson Mandela, Conversations with Myself ... See MoreSee Less

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This Sunday 3/26 at 11AM, Professor Peter Bolland will give a talk on The Interdependency of Spirituality and Activism.
Ideological conflict is a part of there being a world at all. Good people disagree about how to create justice in the world. Sometimes our disagreements even turn violent. The Bhagavad Gita offers a portrait of how to simultaneously honor the Oneness of the divine in all its manifestations, and still find the courage to act decisively in the field of action. Spirituality without action runs the risk of degenerating into escapism, while activism without spirituality too easy devolves into the egoic compulsion to control outcomes. The Gita, as Gandhi and many others claim, offers a blueprint for how to navigate the apparent contradiction of oneness-consciousness and doing one’s duty in the field of action. The Jewish book of wisdom the Talmud reminds us that when we witness an injustice and do nothing, we are complicit in the injustice. And Bishop Desmond Tutu reminds us that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” We cannot escape action, nor should we long for inaction Krishna reminds us. Arjuna would have preferred not acting, but Krishna spends 17 chapters of the Gita explaining to him, and to us, why we must act. But never in the service of our ego or anger – only in the service of our dharma or sacred duty, and always without attachment to specific outcomes. Now, more than ever, the teachings of the Gita serve as a powerful blueprint for how we are to deepen our spirituality while simultaneously working peacefully for a world that works for everyone.
Prof. Peter Bolland is the Humanities Department Chair, and Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Southwestern College. In addition, he is a columnist for Unity Magazine, and is also an award-winning singer-songwriter.
For additional information about Peter Bolland, please visit his website at To read some of his writings, please visit his blog Thinking Though at
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Tonight we will have our Tuesday Night Class. This year our class is on The Basics of Advaita Vedanta.
Please also note that Evening Vespers (Arati) will begin this Tuesday at 5:00 PM.
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3/31 Fri. Sir Ramakrishna and Our Threefold Ideal
4/1 Sat. The Gita and the Paths of Disengagement and Engagement
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Retreats with Swami Atmarupananda

March 31, 2017, 10:00am - April 1, 2017, 2:30pm

3/31 Fri. Sir Ramakrishna and Our Threefold Ideal ...

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He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God. - Swami Vivekananda ... See MoreSee Less

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