Annual All-Day Christmas Meditation

An Annual Tradition Started by Paramhansa Yogananda

Every Christmas season, Ananda centers around the globe hold an all-day meditation on or near the 23rd of December (on Dec. 23 this year), just as Yogananda did years ago. Keeping the tradition alive with devotees around the world, we have an 8-hour meditation to inspire a deep sense of Christ-Consciousness, to hold the light, and to open our hearts to the beauty and joy of this season.

Meditation Details

Times for the All-Day Meditation: 8am–4pm
Location: Ananda Temple Sanctuary

General Schedule of the Day

7:30–8am        Energization Excercises (on your own) & settling in
8-9am              Opening Prayer, Reading, Chant, Meditation
9–11am            Chants & Reading, Meditation
11am–12pm     Chants & Reading, Meditation
12–1pm            Chants & Reading, Meditation
1–1:30pm         Brief Break
1:30–2:45pm   Chants & Reading, Meditation
2:45–3:50pm  Chants, Reading, Music, Silence, Meditation
3:50–4pm       Healing Prayers and Closing

Things to Be Mindful of:
  • During Chanting people can come and go from the Sanctuary.
  • The Sanctuary Doors will be closed at meditation times.
  • If you need to leave the sanctuary at anytime, that’s fine, but you’ll need to wait until next break to re-enter.
  • If you come late, you can meditate in Clarity room until next break, then you can enter the Sanctuary.
  • Please don’t wear any clothing that makes noise.
  • Please feel free to use your own meditation gear. If you borrow from the Yoga/Clarity Room, please return it as you found it.
  • Please bring water in water bottles.

Alternate All-Day Christmas Meditation

Keeping the tradition alive with Devotees around the world, we have an 8-hour meditation to inspire a deep sense of Christ-Consciousness to hold the light and open our hearts to the beauty and joy of this season.

For those unable to be with us for the traditional All-Day Christmas Meditation (on Dec. 23 this year), you are invited to join us on this alternate date.

Meditation Details

Times for the All-Day Meditation: 8am–4pm
Location: Ananda Temple Sanctuary

General Schedule of the Day

7:30–8am        Energization Excercises (on your own) & settling in
8-9am              Opening Prayer, Reading, Chant, Meditation
9–11am            Chants & Reading, Meditation
11am–12pm     Chants & Reading, Meditation
12–1pm            Chants & Reading, Meditation
1–1:30pm         Brief Break
1:30–2:45pm   Chants & Reading, Meditation
2:45–3:50pm  Chants, Reading, Music, Silence, Meditation
3:50–4pm       Healing Prayers and Closing

Things to Be Mindful of:
  • During Chanting people can come and go from the Sanctuary.
  • The Sanctuary Doors will be closed at meditation times.
  • If you need to leave the sanctuary at anytime, that’s fine, but you’ll need to wait until next break to re-enter.
  • If you come late, you can meditate in Clarity room until next break, then you can enter the Sanctuary.
  • Please don’t wear any clothing that makes noise.
  • Please feel free to use your own meditation gear. If you borrow from the Yoga/Clarity Room, please return it as you found it.
  • Please bring water in water bottles.

Sing Out With Joy! A Christmas Concert

Featuring the award-winning music of Swami Kriyananda

An orchestrated spiritual experience for you.

This is not just a concert—this is an experience designed for you to feel the tangible presence of joy, peace, and love. The unique Ananda Choir specializes in conveying high states of consciousness through music. Every singer is an experienced meditator, trained to convey their genuine meditative experiences through the highest musical expression. The concert will take place at the Ananda Temple, powerfully infused with nearly 30 years of meditation.

Start your holiday with good cheer and beautiful music. And be sure to stay for the special Christmas Cookie Satsang immediately following the concert.

Christmas Concert at the Portland Grotto

The Ananda Joy Choir will perform a Christmas concert during the Festival of Lights at the Grotto in NE Portland. The Festival is a highlight of the holy season of Christmas for many in Portland and throughout the Northwest. Admission to the festival includes all the performances during your visit. We encourage you to come early and enjoy the sights and offerings of the Grotto and end your evening with the Ananda Choir.  Our performance will be at 7:30 pm.   More information about the Grotto and the Festival of Lights

From the Grotto’s website: Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme “Angels on High” reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live animal petting zoo.

Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s Christian Gift and Book Store. A magnificent display of nativity sets from around the world is on display for viewing and individual sets are available for purchase in the Grotto’s Visitor Complex.