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Program

Sunday, August 6

 
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. Transforming Your Life by the Power of Consciousness and Positive Thought    
 

Many people pay minimal attention to their passing thoughts, and consider them to have little power to change or influence the circumstances in their lives. But thought is a powerful force, and persons who control it determine the course of their material success, physical health, emotional well-being, and spiritual progress. This class will explore how we can awaken the vast potential of thought — potential that we can put to use in every sphere of life.

 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   

   

Monday, August 7

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 the 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 provided to make our every meditation come alive.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation  

   

Tuesday, August 8

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. Cultivating the Power of a Devotional Heart  

Sri Daya Mata once said: “There is one question that I hear again and again from devotees: ‘How can I develop greater devotion, greater love for God?’” But we forget that as children of God we already have all the devotion that we need! The question then becomes “How do I learn to manifest that devotion which is hidden within me?” And as we do so, we see that devotion is not “just” a feeling. It is a power that transforms our lives and gives us the unshakable inner assurance that we are loved and cherished eternally and unconditionally.
 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Meditation  

   

Wednesday, August 9

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/Young Adult Class: Spiritualizing Our Relationships  

Life can be very unsatisfying if one's relationships are not based upon spiritual principles. But what is a spiritual relationship, really? Respect, support, understanding, unconditional love -- all these qualities are manifestations of our spiritual nature as souls. This class will explore what we can do to bring these soul-qualities into our relationships with family, friends and all of our loved ones, giving a sense of purpose and satisfaction that will sustain us through all the experiences of life.  
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. Calmness: Spiritual Strategy for Overcoming Life’s Tests    

How is a devotee to respond to the mass negativity and divisive polarization that seems to have become society’s default approach to the challenges of a still-emerging higher age? The masters warn that indulging in the reactivity of lower emotions (anger, fear, etc.) is to give our tests undue tenacity. They teach instead that the best strategy is to live from the soul’s center of calmness. This class will show how we can maintain evenmindedness when confronted by life’s tests, thus gaining the perspective and wisdom needed to solve these challenges. In doing so, we find too that an even greater truth reveals itself: Through our calmness, we come to experience the living God within.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Thursday, August 10

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. Loyalty and Inner Attunement: How to Receive God’s Help Through the Guru  

“God has sent you to me and I shall never fail you…” With these words Paramahansa Yogananda gives each of his disciples the assurance that he is always with us, always guiding us. But, as this class will discuss, it is our attunement with and loyalty to the Guru as God’s channel that gives the discernment and strength to embrace this guidance. And in doing so we find that the Guru-disciple relationship attains a beauty and depth previously undreamed-of.  
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Video of Paramahansa Yogananda: The Lake Shrine Dedication   

   
9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Friday, August 11

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. The Cosmic Mystery of Karma and Reincarnation
 

Do you feel hemmed in by constraints of present and past-life karma – even though you understand that it explains our tests and challenging times? It doesn’t have to be this way. We have written the script, and there are ways that we can change it, which this class will identify. As we learn the art of right activity, and inner and outer nonattachment – living in the world but not of it – the perplexing mysteries of karma and reincarnation begin to loosen their hold and we experience the liberating feeling: We are winning the battle of life.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Saturday, August 12

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. Prayer: Embracing Our World With Compassion and Understanding  

When we pray to God from a real conscious connection to Him, prayer becomes a force that moves the world. Moreover, prayer is not just something we do at the end of our meditations, it is an essential part of what it is to be a yogi. The Bhagavad Gita tells us: “O Arjuna, the best type of yogi is he who feels for others…even as he feels for himself.” This class will show how prayer can become an integral part of a life of compassion and spiritual service, a powerful way to help and uplift those around us as well as our larger world family.  
2:00 p.m. Informal reception with monastics Patio Area (4th level)

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

   

Sunday, August 13

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.