vedanta society portland

“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.

       Forthcoming Events       

At the Vedanta Temple,
1157 SE 55th Ave, Portland
October 16, 2021, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 
Durga Puja, the worship of the Divine Mother Durga
All are invited to join online.
Please click the link below to access these programs.
(Portland local time (PST) and days are mentioned below)


       Sundays at 11 a.m.       : Bhagavad Gita (simple version)

       Sundays 3-6 p.m.           : Meditation at one's own place

       Mondays at 5:15 p.m.  : Sanskrit (limited)

       Tuesdays at 7:35 p.m.  : Raja Yoga 

       Thursdays at 7:35 p.m.: Inspired Talks 

       Fridays at 7:35 p.m.      : Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play

       Saturdays at 7:35 p.m. :  Vivekachudamani


Please click the link below to access these programs-

Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: Veda Chanting and Bhajan 

Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.: Viveka Youth Program

Vedanta Retreat, 23000 Gilkison Rd, Scappoose
At the Retreat Temple
Daily Midday service: 11 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  
The Vedanta Retreat is open from dawn to dusk.
There is no need to obtain prior permission to visit it.
Please park your vehicle in
Gilkison Road if you are visiting the Retreat.
Please do not block the two gated fire lanes at any time.
Please be contemplative and not bring pets.
Please browse the Retreat section for your other questions and important information.
Altar in the shrine
International Yoga Day
Daily Hours:
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
Every day from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Singing songs, readings from the Gospel of 
Sri Ramakrishna, and meditation) 
Weekly programs
(Please check monthly calendar for exceptions)


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

Tuesdays: 7:35 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. 

                  Raja Yoga

Wednesdays: 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Free Yoga Classes (now suspended)




Thursdays: 7:35 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. 

Inspired Talks           

Fridays: 7:35 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. 

Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play

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

Saturdays: 7:35 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. 



1st Sunday - 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Japa Yajna at your convenient place

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 SaturdayOther Programs (TBA)

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

Daily Worship in the Shrine
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 give 2/3 options. Please park your vehicle at the SW side of the Vedanta Temple.
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Swami Chandrashekharananda and Swami Aparananda

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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.

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