This Vedanta Society is dedicated for one's own liberation and for the welfare of all and being served by its monastic and lay members where

  • Monks live a life of dedication and service holding purity and poverty as core values for Self realization and welfare of the world.

  • The lay members also serve here without any expectation for realization of Self for the betterment of the society .

  • To fulfill these goals the following services are rendered here -

    • Primary relief raising funds and collecting food whenever possible and necessary​

    • Physical and mental support to our members and those who come in contact with us.

    • Spreading linguistic and philosophical education. 

    • Spiritual services such as worship, guided meditation, japam and spiritual education

The Vedanta Society of Portland welcomes all to take part in its activities -


At the Vedanta Temple, Portland

  • Sunday lectures - Classes on Bhagavad Gita and other topics.

  • Other classes in the week - Upanishad, Vedanta Philosophy, Sanskrit and other topics.

  • Daily worship - From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Portland shrine.

  • Vesper Service - From 6:30 p.m. to 7:3 p.m. singing of regular and other songs

  • Reading -  The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and on the birthdays of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna

  • Singing Ramanama - On Sundays.

  • Guided meditation - On Sundays.

  • Special worships - On Divine Mother Sri Durga, Sri Kali, Sri Saraswati and other pujas

  • Birth Anniversary Pujas - Of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda,

  • Other Celebration - Ram Navami, Dol Yatra, Buddha Purnima, Guru Purnima, Christmas Eve etc. 

  • Program for Youth  - They are welcome any day to interact and a conference once in a year.

  • Program for Children  - This is suspended temporarily due to lack of a teacher.

  • Events - Assembly of devotees on various occasions and the annual Membership Meeting.

  • Karma-yoga the devotees - On Second or third Saturdays of the month.

  • Vedanta Choir for singing in a group on special occasions.


At the Vedanta Retreat, Scappoose

  • Events - Interfaith Freedom Fest on July 4.

  • Karma-yoga by the Friends of the Vedanta Retreat - Once in a month for plantation, weed remoal

  • Antar-yoga by the devotees - Thrice in a year

  • Unwind in Nature - Twice in a year

  • Karma-yoga by other groups - As and when organised.

  • Yoga - Once in a year

  • Bee-keeping - As and when required.

It will help our movement if you  

  • Avoid unhealthy food, beverages and practices.

  • Try to live a righteous and simple life of purity, and integrity following the teachings of great teachers of mankind.

  • Uphold integrity and message of the Vedanta Society and the Ramakrishna Order.

  • Cultivate and spread sacredness in the domain of thought, speech and environment.

  • Fasting - fortnightly on eleventh day of lunar month or as convenient.

Our services depend on the help received from our members and volunteers.

The programs and day-to-day operations of our center are supported by the selfless services of our volunteers. Services may be offered through a Karma Yoga collectively or separately.

  • Selfless service is uplifting, so volunteer some service to the Vedanta Society.  

  • Pledge monthly dues whatever is  convenient to you.  No pledge is too small.

Opportunities for service include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaching Sunday School

  • Ushering for Sunday Spiritual Talks and public celebrations

  • Organizing a choir

  • Editing and uploading video and audio recordings

  • Library upkeep.

  • Book-shop management 

  • Assisting with organizing and assisting with the many yearly celebrations and programs

  • Gardening


For a complete program of classes, lectures, and events offered at the Portland Temple, see our Calendar.


Please note: The summer recess starts in the fourth week of July and ends in the first week of September.