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 10:00 am. 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.
Lessons Study Group
We are happy to announce that a new study group on "The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons" will be held on Saturdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm beginning May 9 in our annex building, which is located on Second Street. It is open to Lessons Students only. This will replace our Tuesday evening study group. Please bring your Lessons with you.
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".
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 services.
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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.
We are happy to announce that two nuns from Mother Center, Sister Vinita and Brahmacharini Yungven, will be visiting our Temple the weekend of October 2 to the 4.
The nuns will lead the Friday evening meditation and the Sunday morning meditation and lecture service. The service will be followed by a hospitality tea. All are welcome to share in this very special fellowship in which we can informally visit with the nuns.
The nuns will also lead a satsanga for women on Saturday morning, October 3, from 10 to 11:30 am, when they will answer questions about the teachings of our guru. You may submit questions on our website, phoenixtemple.org, in the satsanga box outside the little chapel, or the box in the bookroom. Please mark you question "Women's Satsanga".
We hope you will be able to join us for all or part of this special weekend.
Temple Expansion Fund
On November 7 and 8 the Phoenix Temple will be having its first ever Devotee Marketplace, a key fundraiser for our building fund. Part of the event will allow devotees the opportunity to sell and promote their goods and services, with proceeds going to support the building fund.
If you would be interested in participating, please stop by the event table following service to share your idea. Perhaps you are a yoga instructor, nutritionist, chiropractor, have a vacation rental or lawn care services to offer, or can teach an Indian cooking class. We're open to ideas and encourage you to help meet our goal!
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
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."
Videos of Recent Events
Newly added video: The Phoenix Temple celebrated Easter Sunday on April 5, with a Sunrise Service, a delicious breakfast and a devotional service for the children. 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!
During the months of July and August the Kirtan Group will not be leading the 1st Sunday or the 3rd Friday night meditations. Instead, the services will be led by a meditation leader. The Kirtan group will resume their regularly scheduled Kirtan meditations starting in September.
Stories of Inspiration
This is a very special time at the Phoenix Temple; can you feel it?
The movie of Paramahansa Yogananda's life, "Awake," premiered last year, there's a growing interest in yoga, and the Phoenix Temple is nearing fulfillment of our dream of a fellowship hall, expanded Sunday school space, and additional seating in the temple.
Let's celebrate this special time with inspiring stories about how God & Guru have changed our lives. Now is the time to reflect on how this temple and the teachings of the Guru have transformed us. These stories are part of the fabric of this community and weave together our individual and collective efforts to create the tapestry of the Phoenix Temple. We each play our part. As Gandhi suggested, we are being the change we wish to see in the world.
The minister will select the first story from those submitted and read it in two weeks. So we hope many of you will complete your homework assignment and write a one-page anonymous story on how God & Guru and this temple have changed you. You can drop your story off in the box at the back of the temple or you can submit here at the link below.
Phoenix Temple Expansion Project
We are happy to report that that our new building proposal has received unanimous approval from the SRF board of directors.
Your support is helping to make our expansion plan a reality. Please visit our expansion website for details and to see the latest fundraising status.
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."
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and special announcements by e-mail, please leave your e-mail address
in the above box, select the 'subscribe' button and click on 'Submit'.
For counseling, christenings, weddings and memorial services, please contact the Minister's Assistant at 602-279-6140 x 251.
Upon request, members of the Phoenix Temple Visitation committee informally meet with people who are confined to hospitals, care facilities or their homes. At other times committee members reach out over the phone. The purpose of the Visitation committee is to provide spiritual fellowship; which can include positive informal conversation, short meditations, and silent prayer.
For the Visitation committee, please call 602-279-6140 x252.