Sri Ramakrishna "He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life."
(1836 - 1886)
Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi "I tell you one thing – if you want peace, do not find fault with others.
Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own.
No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own."
Swami Vivekananda "My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life."
(1863 - 1902)
The First Hindu Temple
in the West, Built in 1905

Vedanta is the oldest of the major living religions of the world. It affirms that all religions lead to the same Truth — “Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda). Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is Spirit, infinite and eternal, unchanging and indivisible. It emphasizes that a person’s true nature is this divine Spirit, identical with the inmost being and reality of the universe and that the goal is to actualize this truth in one’s life.

Our Temple is Open

  • The New Temple is open for meditation every day from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., except on Tuesdays, when the temple is closed. 
  • The bookshop is open on Sundays after the lecture until 4 p.m. as well as on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m. Bookshop orders may be placed online and by phone.
  • Please contact the Vedanta Society office at 415-922-2323 for additional details concerning all of our services.



Monday, July 1 ― Saturday, September 7, 2024

There will be no lectures or classes during the summer recess except for the Sunday evening online class, “The Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy,” which will continue to be held Online on Sundays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. PDT 
Please note: The online class will continue to be held each Sunday evening while we are on summer recess.
This program will be broadcast live at these links:

Zoom Link • YouTube • Facebook


SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2024


We cordially invite you to the New Temple on Vallejo Street on Sunday, July 21, at 10 a.m., as we celebrate Guru Purnima, the day devoted to honoring the spiritual teacher.

The program will include a worship (puja), chanting, meditation, devotional music, arati, a talk on “The Role of the Guru Ideal in Human Civilization” by Swami Tattwamayananda, flower offerings by devotees, and a prasad luncheon. Child care will be provided.

Masks Required

Note:  Due to a spike in COIVD-19 cases, we ask you to wear a mask in the New Temple this Sunday. We apologize for the inconvenience. We value your health and wish to provide a safe place for all of us to gather.

Links: YouTube  Livestream

Weekly Regular Events

Wednesday Vespers Service

On Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, there is a vespers service that consists of the singing of five traditional hymns and followed by a short meditation.
Time:  7:30 pm  to  8:15 pm
Location: 2323 Vallejo St., San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

The Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy

Swami Tattwamayananda will be conducting The Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy Classes will be held online each Sunday evening at 6 pm PST.(Hosted by the Stanford Hindu Students Association).

Please join us online at either Zoom, YouTube, or Facebook.

Zoom Link  YouTube Link  Facebook Link





From The Lectures Of Swami Tattwamayananda, Minister-in-Charge

The Yoga Sutras give a comprehensive guide to the mind and how to befriend the mind. Swami Tattwamayananda emphasizes the importance of Yamas and Niyamas

May 1, 2020 Watch

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verses 49-54. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 17, 2019. - Why does the mind refuse to cooperate?  

January 3, 2016 Watch



Bookshop at the Vedanta Society of Northern California

We carry a selection of the best in all the major religious traditions and contemporary spirituality; translations of Sanskrit religious classics; and many children’s books that are both attractive and meaningful.

A partial listing is given here for online ordering and many more are available in the bookshop itself. Inquiries are welcome.

Explore the Monastic Life

“For One’s own enlightenment and for the good of the world.”
– atmanamokshartham jagad hitaya ca

The Motto of the Ramakrishna Order (a traditional monastic order founded by Sri Ramakrishna in 1896; Organized by Swami Vivekananda in 1897).

In pursuit of this ideal, monastic life includes a variety of spiritual practices, such as meditation, worship, and scriptural study, as well as routine tasks of maintenance and service. For those interested and qualified, the monastic path may be meaningful and fulfilling. A monastery and convent are maintained by the Society, giving an opportunity to qualified young men and women to devote themselves exclusively to spiritual life.

Please write to the Minister-in-charge at [email protected] to inquire.