Self-Realization Fellowship Phoenix Temple
6111 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-1232
Telephone: (602) 279-6140
This temple is a branch of Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by
in 1920 to
disseminate the scientific method of Kriya Yoga Meditation.
We offer a number of public lectures and classes, all of which are free of charge and open to the public. Look over our website Lectures and Events menu and our Calendar for times. We hope you will join us!
If you want to know more about Self-Realization Fellowship and the
Kriya Yoga meditation techniques, the best introduction is to read
Autobiography of a Yogi
, published in
1946 by Paramahansa Yogananda.
You may want to explore the SRF Mother Center
site, and sign up for bi-weekly SRF Lessons
, or read about the aims and ideals
The Phoenix temple regularly conducts public lecture services on
Sundays at 10:00AM. Please refer to our lecture schedule
. Everyone is welcome.
You are welcome to submit a prayer
for yourself, your family, or friends. Monastics as well as
lay members pray for those in need and for our world family as a whole.
To introduce newcomers to Self-Realization Fellowship, one of our ministers will present an introduction to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda several times during the year after a Sunday morning service. This will include a short overview of the meditation techniques as taught in Self-Realization Fellowship, the spiritual benefits derived from their practice, and an opportunity to ask questions.
We invite you to sit in the front rows of the Chapel for this event, which will last approximately 30 minutes. The tentative dates for these classes are May 17, August 30, and November 22.
Rubaiyat Study Class
Our Tuesday night study class will be reading from Paramahansa Yogananda's spiritual Interpretation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The class is from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and is held in the Little Chapel. Please bring your copy of the Rubaiyat. All are welcome.
Second Coming of Christ Study Group
The study group for "The Second Coming of Christ" will meet every Wednesday night from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Little Chapel directly behind the Temple. Everyone who is interested in Paramahansa Yogananda's interpretation on the teaching of Jesus Christ is welcome to attend.
Please bring Volume II of Paramahansa Yogananda's "The Second Coming of Christ".
Phoenix Temple Information Guide
Temple Information Guide
has lots of useful information about the Phoenix Temple, how it is organized, and what opportunities are available for you. Please take a few minutes to view these exciting new pages.
From the menu, select "For Newcomers" and "Temple Information Guide."
Lending Library Closed
Please visit our Lending Library located next to the Little Chapel, where you will find Self-Realization Fellowship publications, recordings and quality children's books. The Library is open after the Sunday morning services.
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Commemoration services will be held for the Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa Yogananda on Saturday, March 7, and for the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sri Yukteswar on Monday, March 9. Both services begin at 8:00 pm. Please bring a flower and a free will offering in an envelope as symbols of your devotion. Everyone is welcome.
Young Adults Meeting
The Young Adults will be meeting on Sunday, March 15, at 11:20 am in the Little Chapel. All young adults are invited to join us for fellowship and discussion. The meeting will last about one hour.
The Phoenix Temple celebrates Easter Sunday on April 5, starting with a Sunrise Service at 7:00 am in the Temple, followed by a delicious breakfast from 8:00-9:30 am. The Temple will reopen for individual meditation at 9:00 am. The main Easter Service will be held at the regular time of 10:00 am. Sunday School will have a devotional service for the children at 10:00 am, followed by an Easter egg hunt. Volunteers are needed in many areas. If you can help, please stop by the Volunteers' Table for more information.
Regional Weekend Retreat
On April 24 - 26, 2015, the Phoenix Temple will host a Regional Weekend Retreat on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Classes will focus on the application of the Self-Realization Fellowship techniques for recharging ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. Group Energization and meditation, classes, satsanga, and time for spiritual study and private reflection are included throughout the weekend. The retreat will be held at The Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks, a retreat center in the Sonoran Desert foothills northwest of Tucson, Arizona. The Retreat has comfortable guest rooms, views of the desert, beautiful walkways, and is the site of ancient Hohokam Indian petroglyphs. Vegetarian meals will be served during the Retreat. The retreat is open to all SRF members. Registration will begin on Sunday March 1 and will continue until all space is filled.
Volunteer Opportunities Page
Please take a moment to visit our
web page. This page will provide information on volunteer opportunities at the temple, classes, social activities and other useful information.
From the menu, select "For Newcomers" and "Volunteer Opportunities."
Ox Yoke Retreat
The Self-Realization Fellowship Ox Yoke Retreat is situated in Twentynine Palms California about 150 miles east of Los Angeles.
Enjoy the fresh air of the high desert as you set aside time for rejuvenation, spiritual study, exercise and meditation.
For more information, click on Groups, and then 'Ox Yoke Retreat" from the main menu.
"You may be surprised at what seclusion with God will do for your mind, body and soul. Through the portals of silence the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you." -Paramahansa Yogananda
Retreats in Southern California
Self-Realization Fellowship's How-to-Live Retreat programs in Southern California are open to anyone seeking spiritual renewal and who desires to leave behind the pressures of everyday life - if only for a few days - to deepen their awareness of the Divine. The daily Retreat programs provide, in the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, "a dynamo of silence where [you] may go for the exclusive purpose of being recharged by the Infinite."
For more information, click on Groups, and then 'California Retreats" from the main menu.
Bookroom and Indian Gifts
The Phoenix Temple's Bookroom contains publications from Self-Realization International Headquarters at Mount Washington, including books, magazines, audio and video recordings, photographs and devotional items. Also available in this room is a beautiful assortment of specially ordered gift items imported from India.
The Bookroom is open immediately after the Sunday lecture service and right before and after the Thursday evening lecture service. The hours are currently as follows:
Sunday: 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Thursday: 7:40 pm to 7:55 pm
9:00 pm to 9:20 pm
Our next service day is Saturday, March 21, offering service opportunities in housekeeping, maintenance, gardening and cooking. Meditation is from 8:00-9:00 am and again at noon before a great vegetarian lunch. Please join us for a fun day of fellowship and service.
The Phoenix Temple will be hosting its annual picnic at Margaret Hance Park on Sunday, March 22, immediately following the service. The park is southwest of Central Ave and McDowell Road. Driving and parking directions will be posted on the Temple website. Please bring a picnic lunch and beverages for you and your family, as we will not be cooking this year. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy. You may also stroll to the nearby Japanese Friendship Garden which charges a small entrance fee. Please join us for fun, games and fellowship.
Phoenix Temple Expansion Project
Please visit our expansion website to see the latest fundraising status. Our needs at the Phoenix Temple have outgrown our present facility. We have developed preliminary architectural plans for our new multi-purpose building.
Your support will help make our plans a reality.
Kriya Initiation and Kriyaban Ceremony
A Kriya Initiation and Kriyaban ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, April 18, at 6 pm. New initiates will need an admittance card from Mother Center to attend and Kriyabans will need to show their Kriyaban card at the door. In keeping with ancient custom, please bring a flower, fruit, and a free will offering in a envelope as symbols of your devotion. Kriyabans who have already attended an Initiation are encouraged to come early so that they may go to the altar before the Ceremony begins. The Temple will open at 5 pm. Please plan to arrive early.
A Kriya review class will be held on Sunday, April 19, after the Sunday Service, at 11:30 am.
Every third Thursday of the month we have Satsanga, or Fellowship with Truth, when the minister answers questions about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings. Questions can be submitted in the box in the Bookroom, the box outside the Little Chapel, or by clicking on the link below.
Videos of Recent Events
The Phoenix Temple held our Bi-Annual India Night event this year on October 18. We are pleased to share with you a new video of the event. To play this and other videos, select the link below and then click on the play button. Enjoy!
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For counseling, christenings, weddings and memorial services, please contact the Minister's Assistant at 602-279-6140 x 251.
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