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Program

Sunday, August 16

 
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. To Be Announced 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.  Cultivating the All-embracing Consciousness of God’s Nearness   

“God is the nearest of the near, the dearest of the dear,” said Paramahansa Yogananda. This class will show how each of us can experience that supremely fulfilling consciousness of God’s nearness — as Father, Mother, Friend, and Beloved — an awareness that brings Him out of the realm of theory and into our daily lives as a living presence. A life centered in personal communion with God brings an unshakable inner assurance of being loved and protected — an assurance that no outer circumstance can take away.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   

   

Monday, August 17

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. Living With Purpose and Detachment in God’s Dream Show of Creation  

Paramahansa Yogananda often reminded us that this world, which seems so real, is similar to a motion picture projection composed of light and shadow. But this multi-level drama of life is so skillfully fashioned that we forget it is just a dream show, and we lose ourselves in its roller-coaster cycles of pleasures and disappointments. The subtle inner workings of this masterful illusion, and how we can strengthen ourselves by living with divine purpose and intelligent detachment, are the subjects of this class.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation  

   

Tuesday, August 18

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.  
2:00 – 3:00 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.  Building Our Relationships on a Spiritual Foundation  

Through Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings and example we can learn to cultivate the expansion of consciousness brought by recognizing and deeply feeling that others are expressions of the same God who resides in us. This class will show how building our relationships on a strong spiritual foundation can help us move toward the great spiritual freedom that comes from deep and clear understanding, forgiveness, and loving unconditionally. 
 
 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation  

   

Wednesday, August 19

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: Living a Spiritually Balanced Life in a Stress-filled World  

In today’s world of constant pressures and expectations, teens face multiple demands for their time and attention. An essential life skill is learning to manage these pressures in a healthy way, in order to maintain an inner calmness that enables the devotee to tune in with guidance from God and Guru. This class will show how anyone can develop the qualities of poise, evenmindedness, and inner balance – keys to a harmonious life and to fulfilling the soul’s higher spiritual aspirations.   
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. Strengthening Character by Developing Spiritual Courage and Endurance  

Sri Gyanamata, an early disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, said, “In courage one sees the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh.” This class will focus on how the challenges and insecurities of life can be met from a center of strength and fearlessness, and a deepening awareness of the indestructible presence of God within us.  
 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Thursday, August 20

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. Tuning Into the Guru’s Inner Guidance   

In the sacred guru-disciple relationship, we find a divine love and caring that ceaselessly guides and supports the disciple through all the blessings, struggles, and learning experiences we undergo on the spiritual path. This class will show how to better cultivate that inner attunement to the living presence of one sent by God to show 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    

   

Friday, August 21

 

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

In these critical times of widespread 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 aligned 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    

   

Saturday, August 22

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.  Harmony: The Spiritual Ingredient That Anchors Balanced Living  

This class will present a spiritual perspective showing how we can tap into the principles that create balance, harmony, and productivity for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world. The topics will include getting along with others, overcoming inharmonious and stress-producing conditions in our lives, and living in harmony with divine truth and principles that bring well-being on all levels.  
2:00 p.m. Informal reception with monastics Patio Area (4th level)

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

   

Sunday, August 23

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

 

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




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