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. ”

spritiuality

“God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”

meditation

"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.

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       Forthcoming Events       

At the Vedanta Temple in Portland
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1157 SE 55th Ave, Portland, OR
August 18, Thursday Krishna Janmashtami

            8:30 am —9:30 am.    Regular daily worship

         10:30 am —12 noon    Chanting, Bhagavad Gita

           6:35 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.  Sri Krishna Puja, Singing of Shyamanama,                                 Bhajans, Reading from Bhagavatam, Meditation

           8:35 p.m.– 8:45 p.m.   Distribution of prasad                   

At the Vedanta Temple of Harmony

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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.
 
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
Everyday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Singing songs, readings from the Gospel of 
Sri Ramakrishna, and meditation) 
 
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Daily Worship in the Shrine
Weekly programs
(Please check the monthly calendar for exceptions)

 

Please click the following link for the weekly classes-

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(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. 

       Vivekachudamani           

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

https://tinyurl.com/VedantaVedaChanting 

Saturdays: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

       Viveka Youth Forum

https://tinyurl.com/VedantaYouthForum

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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 - 

     Awakening Vedantin

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.

 
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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.

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

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