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    Program

    Sunday, August 5

     
    10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Video of Paramahansa Yogananda: Return to India (1935–1936) Pasadena Ballroom

       
    2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open House Patio Area (4th level)

    Prior to our opening event, an Open House will be held outdoors in the Bonaventure Hotel's patio area (fourth-level) and inside on the fifth-level atrium, in the Photo Gallery area, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Monastics from our Guru's ashrams will be present to greet everyone, and refreshments will be served.
     
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Newcomers' Welcome Catalina Ballroom

    If you are attending Convocation for the first time, please join us at the Newcomers’ Welcome Class in the Catalina Ballroom (third floor) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. This class will feature general information as well as suggestions about some of the activities available during Convocation week. Following the class you may join one of the group walking tours of the Bonaventure Hotel. (The tours are offered in Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese, in addition to English.)   
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Newcomers' Welcome (Spanish only) Catalina Ballroom
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Spiritual Courage: Living our Spiritual Ideals in the Material World  

    Courage is an essential quality in living our daily life. This includes the courage to be honest with ourselves: “To what extent am I living my spiritual ideals?” And then we need the courage to act on the insights introspection reveals to us. This class will explore how we can face ourselves honestly in the mirror of introspection and make the constant improvements that are necessary for Self-realization, while at the same time being compassionate and patient with ourselves and others.

     
    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation  California Ballroom

       

    Monday, August 6

    Morning Pilgrimages to the Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
    8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meditation With Kirtan (Devotional Chanting) California Ballroom

       
    2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Recharging the Body With Cosmic Energy  

    Learn to revitalize the body and mind with cosmic energy at will, to eliminate tension, and to purify and strengthen the body in order to more easily direct the energy inward during meditation to reach higher states of consciousness. Student or Kriyaban card needed for single event tickets.  
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part I  

    The art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation employs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual methods to bestow an ever-deepening consciousness of infinite, unconditioned Bliss.

    Participants in this two-part meditation class will receive step-by-step instruction in two of the essential techniques of the Kriya Yoga path: the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration and the Aum Technique of Meditation. The class will show how these are integrally related to mastery of the highest Kriya technique (taught separately), and will benefit first-time students as well as longtime Kriya practitioners.

    Using periods of guided meditation experience, the class will present a comprehensive overview of the essentials for creating a successful personal practice, including: physical techniques of relaxation and asana (right meditation posture), using the breath and life force (prana) in the most effective ways, intensifying the heart's devotion and divine yearning to lead the consciousness into ever deeper states of God-communion.

    Student or Kriyaban card needed for single event tickets.
     
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Make Your Meditations Come Alive  

    Sometimes our meditations can be effortless. And then there are times when that is not the case! Yet, even during times of struggle, we can make our meditations a source of strength and comfort, giving us a sense of an ever-deepening relationship with God and Guru. This class will discuss the many tools that Paramahansa Yogananda has provided to make our every meditation come alive.
     
    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation California Ballroom

       

    Tuesday, August 7

    Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation California Ballroom

       
    10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Satsanga (Questions and Answers) California Ballroom

    Convocation participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, in writing, about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings, which will be answered at three satsangas, to be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon.  
    2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part II  

    The art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation employs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual methods to bestow an ever-deepening consciousness of infinite, unconditioned Bliss.

    Participants in this two-part meditation class will receive step-by-step instruction in two of the essential techniques of the Kriya Yoga path: the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration and the Aum Technique of Meditation. The class will show how these are integrally related to mastery of the highest Kriya technique (taught separately), and will benefit first-time students as well as longtime Kriya practitioners.

    Using periods of guided meditation experience, the class will present a comprehensive overview of the essentials for creating a successful personal practice, including: physical techniques of relaxation and asana (right meditation posture), using the breath and life force (prana) in the most effective ways, intensifying the heart's devotion and divine yearning to lead the consciousness into ever deeper states of God-communion.

    Student or Kriyaban card needed for single event tickets.
     
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Seeing God in All People and All Conditions    

    How we conduct our relationships helps determine whether or not we are making real, lasting spiritual progress. As we know, people and situations can test our patience and even our desire to behave in a spiritual way. At these times we must remember that God is in all people and all conditions. The more we live on this level, the more we realize the truth of Paramahansa Yogananda’s profound statement: “All the various relationships of family, society, and nationality…are but catalysts of life, intended to purify and convert earthly love into divine love.” And in this transformation, we find our relationships becoming more rounded and beautiful in every way.  
    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation California Ballroom

       

    Wednesday, August 8

    Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
    8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meditation With Kirtan (Devotional Chanting) California Ballroom

       

       
    2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Teen Class: Using Will Power for Success and Happiness California Ballroom

    In this class we will explore what Paramahansa Yogananda says about will power and how it relates to the lives of teens in particular. How can will power be developed and implemented to achieve your social, intellectual, or spiritual goals? And what do you experience in your social, school, or work environments that might interfere with the achievement of these goals? As we learn to use our God-given power of will consciously and purposefully, we find we are able to face our fears, navigate past many potential entanglements, develop a greater capacity for success in every sphere of activity — and help our friends do the same.  
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Satsanga  

    Convocation participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, in writing, about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings, which will be answered at three satsangas, to be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon.  
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Spiritual Generosity: The Art of Selfless Giving
     

    In the spiritual life we seek to expand beyond the little self, and so it is worth asking ourselves: “Do I think in terms of ‘I, me, and mine,’ or ‘What can I do for others?’” The spiritual seeker knows that a generous heart, expressing itself freely in acts of prayer, understanding, forgiveness, caring, and material support, leads to a liberating expansion beyond the narrow self. Such devotees achieve harmony with their fellow human beings and are led unerringly and faithfully to God.  
    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   California Ballroom

       

    Thursday, August 9

    Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation   California Ballroom

       
    10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Satsanga (Questions and Answers) California Ballroom

    Convocation participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, in writing, about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings, which will be answered at three satsangas, to be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon.  
    12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Center Representatives' Conference California Ballroom

    What is the Center Representatives’ Conference?
    CRC is an annual presentation given by Center Department Monastics, offering guidance and inspiration to SRF members who attend SRF Centers, Groups and Circles worldwide.

    Who can attend the CRC class?
    This event is open to all but is specifically targeted towards anyone who attends an SRF Center, Group or Circle, or anyone interested in joining or starting an SRF group in their area.
     
    4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Kirtan (Devotional Chanting)  

       
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Our Hearts and Minds to the Guru  

    In the Guru we have an eternal champion whose help we can call upon at any time and whose response never fails. And yet, we can often forget that his help is at hand or think that our concerns are not worth his attention. In this class we will explore the subtle ways in which maya can prevent us from tuning in with the Guru, and how we can attune ourselves ever more closely to the living presence of the one sent by God to show us the way to eternal freedom.  
    9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Video of Paramahansa Yogananda: The Lake Shrine Dedication   

       
    9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   California Ballroom

       

    Friday, August 10

    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation Pasadena Room (today only) 

       
    8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Kriya Yoga Ceremony California Ballroom

    All Kriyabans attending this year's Convocation will have the opportunity to participate in a Kriya Yoga initiation. Advance registration required.(English and Spanish)  
    10:30 – 12 noon Meditation Techniques Review Class Pasadena Room

       
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kriya Yoga Ceremony  California Ballroom

    All Kriyabans attending this year's Convocation will have the opportunity to participate in a Kriya Yoga initiation. Advance registration required.  
    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Satsanga with Bro. Chidananda  

       
    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   California Ballroom

       

    Saturday, August 11

    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation  California Ballroom

       
    10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Kriya Yoga Review / Kriya Yoga Checking(for new initiates only) Pasadena Ballroom Only

    New initiates who have attended the Kriya Yoga initiation the week of Convocation are welcome to participate in the review of the Kriya Yoga technique. New initiates will be given an admittance card.

    Note: As a part of the Kriya Review class, new initiates will have the opportunity to have their practice of Kriya checked by monastics. 
     
    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Kriya Yoga Review for Kriyabans   California Ballroom Only

    Kriyabans (who have received the Kriya Yoga initiation prior to this year's Convocation) are welcome to attend the review of the Kriya Yoga technique. Kriyabans are asked to bring their Kriyaban card for admittance.

    Note: Kriyabans may have their practice checked during the week at the spiritual counseling areas.
     
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Faith: Learning to Express the Unerring Intuition Within Us California Ballroom

    Paramahansa Yogananda said that faith is “direct perception of truth.…it is the developed expression of the unerring intuition within us.” That intuitive knowing helps us to make sense of the sometimes shocking events of this world, enables us to solve life’s “unsolvable” mysteries, removes our doubts, and propels us forward on our spiritual journey. As we prepare to return to our daily lives, this class will explore how we can develop and nurture this faith in the face of the myriad responsibilities that confront us every day.  
    2:00 p.m. Informal reception with monastics Patio Area (4th level)

       
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Meditation California Ballroom

       

    Sunday, August 12

    7:00 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. Pilgrimages to Encinitas Temple, Hermitage, and Ashram Center  

     



     PLEASE NOTE:
    All classes and meditations are held in the California Ballroom and Pasadena Room
    unless otherwise specified.

    For the evening classes, California Ballroom doors open at 6:45 p.m. and Pasadena Room doors open at
    7:00 p.m. For all other events doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.