Christmas Services and Potluck Brunch

December 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:25 pm
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An event every year that begins at 11:00am on day fourth of December, repeating indefinitely

Ananda services are nonsectarian and open to all. We invite you to join us in celebrating and sharing the universal truths taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and expressed by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Fire Ceremony

Fire has historically symbolized purification and transformation. All ceremonies are as meaningful and powerful as our faith and sincerity when we participate in them. In this ancient and revered vedic ceremony we light the fire and chant two sacred mantras together, each one repeated seven times.  more information


In this ceremony we offer ourselves to God and ask for help and guidance in areas of challenge.  Ask God to help change those traits and behaviors that are obstacles to spiritual growth. Deep, simple and heart opening, the Purification Ceremony can bring profound peace and lasting change to our troubled hearts and lives. A brief period of meditation follows.

The Festival of Light Service

Included in the Festival of Light service are many elements that uplift our consciousness and awaken our highest aspirations.

The Festival of Light is an allegorical story of the soul’s journey away from its home in God and back to union and complete freedom in spirit. At the end of the festival, you are invited to receive a blessing.

Sunday School is available for children ages 4–11 during this service. For parents with children younger than 4 we have a family playroom with audio and video feed of the service. Older children are invited to attend service with their parents.

After service, join us for a vegetarian potluck brunch held at the Ananda Portland Temple & Teaching Center. Bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share.

Swami Kriyananda with his guru, paramhansa Yogananda

Swami Kriyananda Discipleship Anniversary

September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kriyananda discipleship Event

Discipleship to His Guru

Swami Kriyananda met his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, when he was 22 years old. He spent the rest of his life serving his guru and founded Ananda, a movement that has touched millions around the world.

His unfaltering discipleship and divine friendship has helped to uplift the consciousness of the planet.

Tonight we come together in gratitude for the life and example of Swami Kriyananda and the inspiration he gave to all.

Schedule for the evening

Opening: Daiva & Gangamata
Ananda Choir music
Talk:  “What Discipleship Means to Me” by Daiva & Gangamata
Flower offerings to Master (discipleship) and Swami (example) with chanting accompaniment
Meditation (brief)
Closing prayer


International Day of Yoga

June 21, 2019
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of June, happening 3 times

Yoga for Harmony and for Inner Peace

When we embrace Yoga, we embrace the world. Through inner peace, we bring world peace.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.” —The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the UN assembly stating.

The International Day of Yoga logo was created to reflect harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of yoga. Folding of both hands in the logo symbolizes yoga, or union, of individual consciousness (the soul) with Cosmic Consciousness (Spirit). —International Day of Yoga

The True Meaning of Yoga Is Union

Paramhansa Yogananda, a Self-realized Master from India, came to show us our infinite potential. From the East to the West, he brought the liberating technique of Kriya Yoga.

Kriya Yoga is ‘union (yoga) with the Infinite.’ —Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi