vedanta society portland
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meditation

“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.

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       Forthcoming Events       

At the Vedanta Temple
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1157 SE 55th Ave, Portland

May 6, Friday        B. A. of Sri Shankaracharya
May 16, Monday
          B. A. of Sri Buddhadeva

At the Retreat Temple

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Vedanta Retreat, 23000 Gilkison Rd, Scappoose

Daily Midday service: 11 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  
This service is not regularly performed now due to the winter

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 do not bring pets.


Please click the link below to view a video of various trails and shrines

https://youtu.be/-o_07QkdVrM


Please browse the Retreat section for your other questions and important information.
 
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 the monthly calendar for exceptions)

 

Please click the following link for the weekly classes-

https://tinyurl.com/vedantaPdxZoom

(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 at 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

 

 

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

Wednesdays: 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Free Yoga Classes (now suspended)

 

 

Monthly

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

Daily Worship in the Shrine
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    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. Yoga is promoted for physical well-being and the study of Sanskrit and Hindi is promoted for intellectual expansion.

    Vedanta Society of Portland is maintaining a 289-acre beautiful forest sanctuary in Scappoose. It is dedicated to promoting Interfaith activities by maintaining shrines of various religions and by organizing Interfaith meetings inviting religious leaders from various streams. This beautiful, pristine forest was developed by a band of dedicated volunteers on a parcel of clear-cut land of 120 acres. It is open to the general public to enjoy the peace and beauty of this hallowed place. It takes a lot of resources to maintain its trails and shrines. Support from generous public and benevolent institutions will be appreciated and acknowledged. We are happy to inform that the adjacent 169 acres landed property has also been added to the Vedanta Retreat on March 17, 2020. 
    The city of Portland is situated between snow-clad Mt. Hood and the Pacific Ocean and at the confluence of two perennial rivers - the Willamette and the Columbia. It is the largest city in the state of Oregon, the seat of Multnomah County in the Pacific Northwest, and situated at about 45.52 latitude and - 122.68 longitude.
 
    The Center was established in the year 1925 by Swami Prabhavananda and gradually developed into its present stature by the efforts of many illustrious monks and devotees such as Swamis Devatmananda and Aseshananda.

    The Center offers encouragement and guidance to spiritual seekers through lectures, readings, discussions, publications, and personal interviews.

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.

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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