“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ”
“God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”
"As clouds are blown away by the wind, the thirst for material pleasures will be driven away by the utterance of the Lord's name."
The Vedanta Society of Portland, Oregon is an affiliated branch of the Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, Howrah, India. The Center offers encouragement and guidance to spiritual seekers through lectures, readings, discussions, publications, rituals, Karma yoga, and personal guidance based on Universal teachings of various scriptures and teachers by cultivating Self-knowledge building character.
At the Vedanta Temple in Portland
1157 SE 55th Ave, Portland, OR
July 13, Wednesday Guru Purnima
B. A. of Sri Vyasa Deva
At the Vedanta Temple of Harmony
Vedanta Retreat, 23000 Gilkison Rd, Scappoose
Midday service: 11 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Performed on Mondays and Wednesdays
The Vedanta Retreat is open from dawn to dusk.
There is no need to obtain prior permission to visit it.
If you are visiting the Retreat, please park your vehicle on Gilkison Road.
Please do not block the two gated fire lanes at any time.
Please be contemplative and do not bring pets.
Please click the link below to view a video of various trails and shrines
Please browse the Retreat section for your other questions and important information.
Please donate to the Vedanta Society with generosity
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Daily Morning Worship and Meditation
Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Daily Evening prayers, Reading, and Meditation
Everyday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Singing songs, readings from the Gospel of
Sri Ramakrishna, and meditation)
(Please check the monthly calendar for exceptions)
(Portland local time (PST) and days are mentioned below)
Sundays: at 11 a.m. Bhagavad Gita
after Vesper singing Rama-Nama
Sundays: 3 pm-6 pm Meditation
at one's own place/Vedanta Temple
Mondays: 5:15 p.m. to 6:25 p.m.
Sanskrit Class for Beginners
Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm
Srimad-Bhagavatam (Selected Group)
Thursdays: 7:35 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.
Fridays: 7:35 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.
Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play
Chanting, Singing and Youth Forum
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Veda Chanting and singing of Bhajans
Saturdays: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Viveka Youth Forum
Please visit the following websites
For Audio lectures of Swami Aseshananda Maharaj
For Videos https://www.vedanta-portland.org/video
Weekly other programs
1st Saturday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (April - October)
Karma Yoga by the Friends of Vedanta Retreat
2nd Saturday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Karma Yoga Vedanta Temple, Portland
3rd Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TBA)
Antar Yoga at the Vedanta Retreat, Scappoose
4th Saturday 11 am to 1 pm -
5th Saturday* - 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. (TBA)
Open Devotional Music session in Holy Mother's House Other functions (TBA)
* occasional/to be announced
All sincere seekers are cordially welcome to participate in our programs. There is no need of obtaining prior permission to attend our programs.
A newcomer who is interested to know more about Vedantic way of life should seek an appointment with the minister between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on weekdays. Please write an email and give 2/3 options.
Please park your vehicle at the SW side of
the Vedanta Temple.
Swami Chandrashekharananda and Swami Aparananda
What is Vedanta?
Vedanta is the essence or the gist of knowledge enshrined in the Vedas, the sacred and the most ancient scriptures of India. These scriptures were revealed to pure hearted seers (Rishis). It is the broadest religious philosophy and universal way of living.
Method: Whatever we are today it is due to the effect of our past actions and accumulated impressions about us. Our actions were inspired by our thoughts and beliefs.
The Vedanta Society of Portland, Oregon is an affiliated branch of the Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, Howrah, India. The Center offers encouragement and guidance to spiritual seekers through lectures, readings, discussions, publications, rituals, Karma yoga, and personal guidance based on Universal teachings of various scriptures and teachers by cultivating Self-knowledge building character
From Belur Math
Blooming Lotus of Humanity: Documentary on Ramakrishna Mission