Services are always live-streamed to YouTube Ananda Portland.  

Our Sunday mornings include chanting, a brief meditation, scripture readings and commentary from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, an affirmation, an inspirational talk from a minister, music, and devotional ceremony called The Festival of Light with a personal blessing.

First Sundays we also offer Sunday School and a fire ceremony and purification ceremony. 

*Masks are now optional for all who attend. We continue to be cautious about ventilation and use air purifiers and fans in the sanctuary.  

Sunday School for 3 – 11 year olds is offered on the first Sunday of the month. Call Melissa at 503-956-5173.  Email:

Ananda is non-denominational, non-sectarian, and open to all. We share the universal truths of inner communion and ancient yogic philosophy brought to the west by Paramhansa Yogananda.

FAQ:  Why do the ministers where different colors? Do the colors mean something?

ANSWER: When performing ceremonies and conducting Sunday Services, Ananda ministers wear robes that indicate the role they have taken on and the vows they have committed to.

Ministers serve Ananda in a variety of ways, sometimes teaching and being in visible leadership positions, sometimes “behind the scenes.”

Lightbearers are ministers who conduct ceremonies and services in addition to serving in other capacities. They usually wear white robes with a draped shawl during services.  Lightbearers or other long-time spiritual seekers who have taken a Nayaswami vow of renunciation wear blue as an affirmation of their committment to embrace the spiritual life. Their ministerial robes are also blue. (Learn more about the Nayaswami order.)

We love to have satsang, which means fellowship with truth seekers of all paths. You are welcome to stay after service for refreshments and conversation. We also love answering questions!