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Program

Sunday, August 7

 
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.)   
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Yoga: Discovering the Gifts of the Soul   
 

Yoga teaches a definite path of renunciation, nonattachment, and devotion that purifies the heart and mind, liberating them from the many traps of material consciousness. As we follow this path, we find the power of worldly desire fading, and the soul’s many natural qualities, such as peace, love, joy, and wisdom, blossoming in its place. Discovering these gifts of the soul, we realize that we have really not renounced anything of lasting value, but have instead regained awareness of our true, immortal Self

 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   

   

Monday, 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. 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. Embracing Our Spiritual Resilience  

Amid the challenging and often heartrending situations that we are faced with in life, it is sometimes easy to feel, in spite of our positive actions, that we are being swept along by circumstances. But yoga gives us, in the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, a way to “stand unshaken midst the crash of breaking worlds.” This class will focus on how the challenges of life can be met from a center of spiritual resilience, understanding, and an awareness of the indestructible presence of God within us.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation  

   

Tuesday, August 9

Morning Pilgrimages to 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. Kriya Yoga: Science of Spiritual Living for the Modern Age  

In our modern age, the great advances in science and technology have enabled the spiritual seeker to more clearly and more deeply understand the metaphysical science behind Kriya Yoga. By gradual daily progress through this technique, devotees find themselves experiencing an inner awakening more blissful and more deeply satisfying than any of the experiences of the mind and senses, truly enabling them to become rulers of their life. They begin to realize that Kriya Yoga is not only a technique of meditation that spiritualizes and liberates the seeker from every form of bondage, but a way of life.
 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation  

   

Wednesday, August 10

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: Choosing to be a Courageous Youth in Today’s World  

Sri Gyanamata, an early disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, said, “In courage one sees the brilliant triumph of the soul over flesh.” To live courageously we need to be able to draw on our inner and outer resources – our own native strength as children of God, our Guru’s guidance and protection, and the loving help of friends and family. When we draw on these resources we find we have power we did not know we possessed—power that we can use to overcome even the most challenging of circumstances.  
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Satsanga (Questions and Answers)  

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. A Life of Dharma: Eternal Values for Individuals, Families, and Society    

In these critical times of universal unrest and insecurity, one of the highest services a devotee of God can offer is an individual commitment to help uplift family, friends, and the world at large. There is no need more urgent in our time than the knowledge of how to live in a way that serves dharma (righteousness) — a life in harmony with God’s divine purpose and plan for humanity and the world civilization. This class will explore the practical and epoch-making teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda that address this need.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Thursday, August 11

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.  
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Kirtan (Devotional Chanting)  

   
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Guru’s Eternal Love  

Whether or not we are consciously aware of it, each of us yearns for the fulfillment of a perfect love, one not subject to time or circumstance but that will be ours eternally without condition or limit. The Guru’s love and friendship is unlike any other — unwavering, unchangeable, eternal. As we more deeply grasp the magnitude of the Guru’s effort on our behalf, our hearts naturally turn to him, and we become ever more determined to follow steadfastly in his footsteps, thinking only of God and striving to awaken His love in all hearts.  
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Video of Paramahansa Yogananda: The Lake Shrine Dedication   

   
9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Friday, August 12

 

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.  
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. Faith and Intuitive Understanding: Cornerstones of the Spiritual Life
 

Faith is often considered a synonym for blind belief. But Paramahansa Yogananda explained that faith is really the natural outcome of the experience of God in deep meditation, and that it brings with it the gift of an intuitive understanding of life. On this solid foundation of faith and understanding we can build a spiritual life that gives us deep satisfaction and contentment. This class will discuss the ways we can arouse this faith and develop Intuitive understanding, not just in meditation, but in our daily life.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Saturday, August 13

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. Forgiveness: Experiencing the Compassion of God  

This class will examine a simple yet profound principle: to experience the compassion of God, our minds must be calm and our hearts at peace, and to have that peace we must be able to forgive and live in harmony with others. By concerning ourselves more with how we behave toward others, and not by how they treat us, we begin to develop true spiritual humility and compassion. God’s love then stirs within us, and in that love there can be no adversaries, no strangers. “Those who live in tune with the attractive force of love,” said Paramahansaji, “achieve harmony with nature and their fellow beings, and are attracted to blissful reunion with God.”  
2:00 p.m. Informal reception with monastics Patio Area (4th level)

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

   

Sunday, August 14

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 and Pasadena Room doors open at 6:45 p.m.
For all other events doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.