Self-Realization Fellowship Phoenix Temple
6111 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-1232
Telephone: (602) 279-6140
Lecture Service Sunday at 10:00 am
Inspirational Service Thursday at 8:00 pm
Satsanga 3rd Thursday at 8:00 pm
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.
November 1 - 22
Every fall, the Phoenix Temple hosts a Thanksgiving food drive by collecting food and other items which will be taken to a local charity for distribution. Needed items are: packaged foods, fruit juices, soups, vegetables, potatoes, beans, rice, flour, cereals, crackers, etc. Also needed are bottled water, toiletries, dental items, hair products, soaps and warm clothing (socks, hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags).
Donations are welcome and can be delivered every Sunday from November 1 to November 22 at the Annex Building on 2nd Street. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Bhagavad Gita Class
Starting January 6
Starting January 6, the Wednesday evening study group will begin “God Talks with Arjuna,” our Guru’s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Please bring the 1st volume to the class.
Lessons Study Group
A study group on "The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons" meets every Saturday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in our annex building, which is located on Second Street. The study group is open to Lessons Students only. Please bring your Lessons with you.
Second Coming of Christ Study Group
A study group for "The Second Coming of Christ" meets 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 service.
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Our next service day is Saturday, November 28, offering service opportunities in housekeeping, maintenance, gardening and cooking. Meditation is at 8:00 am and again at noon before a great vegetarian lunch. Please join us for a fun day of fellowship and service.
To prepare for the All-Day Christmas meditation, the three-hour meditation on Sunday, December 6, will be extended to four hours. The meditation will be from 5:00-9:00 pm with the Energization Exercises at 4:40 pm. The Kirtan group will be leading the meditation. Please come and leave during the chanting. Everyone is invited.
Christmas Open House And Pilgrimage
December 12 & 13
Our annual pilgrimage to the Christmas Open House at Mother Center and other SRF centers in Los Angeles will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13. Included are visits to the Mother Center, Hollywood Temple, Lake Shrine, and Paramahansa Yogananda’s crypt at Forest Lawn.
The entire pilgrimage includes bus transportation, meals, and one night’s lodging; or you may take your own car and register separately for meals or lodging. Please register by mail or at the Pilgrimage registration table after the Sunday Services on November 8, 15 and 22 (last day!). Registration forms with more information are available at the free literature tables at the rear of the Temple.
3rd Thursday of Each Month
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.
All Day Meditation
The annual All-Day Meditation will be held in Self-Realization Fellowship Temples on Saturday, December 19, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with a half hour break around 2:00 pm. We hope everyone can participate in this day dedicated entirely to meditation and devotion. Please bring a fruit as a devotional offering and a free will donation in an envelope. Flyers are available at the free literature tables at the rear of the Temple.
Please join us for our annual Christmas Social on Sunday, December 20, following the morning service. Lunch will be provided, and we are asking people to bring desserts or baked goods. There will be a signup for baked goods and other opportunities to serve. Please stop by the Volunteers’ Table after the service for more information.
December 24 - Christmas Eve - Temple & Grounds Closed - 8:00 pm Lecture Cancelled
December 25 - Christmas Day - Temple & Grounds Closed - 8:00 pm Meditation Cancelled
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.
"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
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:
||11:00 am to 11:30 am
||7:40 pm to 7:55 pm
||9:00 pm to 9:20 pm
Phoenix Temple Information Guide
Our 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."
Volunteer Opportunities Page
Please take a moment to visit our Volunteer Opportunities 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."
Class Enrollment Extended
We are extending registration on several of the classes offered at the Devotee Marketplace. If you missed out and you would like to invite your family or friends to attend with you, please click on the link below to see the list of available classes. When finished, click on the registration link.
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.
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!
Phoenix Temple Expansion Project
Our president, Sri Mrinalini Mata has given us written approval to move forward with the next phase of our building project — design and development and construction drawings. This approval is a significant milestone in the project.
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.
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For counseling, christenings, weddings and memorial services, please contact the Minister's Assistant at 602-279-6140 x 251.
Temple Visitation Committee
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.