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, Karmayoga and personal guidance based on Universal teachings of various scriptures and teachers by cultivating Self knowledge building character.

Special Notice

Based on CDC Recommendations



Please comply with CDC guidance for COVID 19

Forthcoming Events

At the Vedanta Temple, 1157 SE 55th Ave, Portland
All the following programs are online. The link to access these programs is given below -

December   6, 2020 at 11 a.m. : Devotee’s Meet (online)

from Vedanta Temple, Portland

December 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. : "Self Enquiry and Self Realization"

by Swami Sarvapriyananda Minister I/C Vedanta Society of NY


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

       Mondays at 7:35 p.m.  : Sanskrit (limited)

       Tuesdays at 7:35 p.m.  : Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali

       Thursdays at 7:35 p.m.: Kena Upanishad (simple version)

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

       Saturdays at 7:35 p.m. :  Vivekachudamani

Please note: No classes from December 14 to January 10, 2021.

Please join us in our Online the following functions by clicking the following link -

Saturday Dec 5    1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Praying Gnome (limited) at Vedanta Temple

Saturday Dec 12  3 p.m. to 6 p.m.      Vigil at one’s own home and Vedanta Temple

Sunday Dec 20  11 a.m. to 12 noon  Singing Carol online from Vedanta Temple 

Thursday Dec 24  6 p.m.      to 9 p.m.      Christmas Eve (limited) at Vedanta Temple 

Friday Jan   1  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.     Kalpataru Vigil at one’s own home and Vedanta Temple

Saturday Jan 9    9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Birth Anniversary of Holy Mother (limited) 
at Vedanta Temple
Vigil: Please send your name and time that suits you and perform the Japa at your home,
Vedanta Retreat, 23000 Gilkison Rd, Scappoose 
The Vedanta Retreat is open from dawn to dusk. There is no need to obtain a prior permission to visit it. Please park your vehicle at the Gilkison Road if you are visiting the Retreat.
Please do not block the two gated fire-lanes at any time. 
Please browse the Retreat section for your other questions and important information.
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 Main Temple.
International Yoga Day
Daily Hours :
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Morning Worship and Meditation 
On all days from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Daily Evening prayers
On all days from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.       (Singing songs, readings from the Gospel of         Sri Ramakrishna and meditation) 
Weekly (check monthly calendar for exceptions)


Lecture Service   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 




Guided Meditation session 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Rama-Nama after Vesper singing


Sanskrit Class for Beginners 7:35 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


Class on Yogasutras   7:35 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesdays (now suspended)

Free Yoga Classes  7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.





Class on Upanishad           7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Sri Ramakrishna and His   7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Divine Play


Class on Vedanta scripture    7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


1st Saturday - Karma Yoga by the Friends of Vedanta Retreat (April - October)*

2nd Saturday - Karma Yoga - in Main Temple*

3rd Saturday -  Antar Yoga 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TBA) 

4th SaturdayOther Programs (TBA)

5th Saturday* -  Open Devotional Music session in Holy Mother's House from 5 -6 p.m. and other functions (TBA) 

occasional/to be announced

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please visit the following websites

For Audio lectures of Swami Aseshanandaji Maharaj


For Videos

For Facebook Page

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.