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.
May 17, August 30, November 22
To introduce newcomers to Self-Realization Fellowship, one of our ministers will present an introduction to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda several times during the year after a Sunday morning service. This will include a short overview of the meditation techniques as taught in Self-Realization Fellowship, the spiritual benefits derived from their practice, and an opportunity to ask questions.
We invite you to sit in the front rows of the Chapel for this event, which will last approximately 30 minutes. The tentative dates for these classes are May 17, August 30, and November 22.
November 1 - 22
During the Thanksgiving season we are encouraging our Temple members to participate in the spirit of giving by bringing at least two suitable non-perishable food items to the Temple. They will be delivered to a local charity for distribution to needy families in the Phoenix area.
Suggested donations are canned and bottled foods, fruits and fruit juices, vegetables, soups, salad oils, bagged and packaged foods such as potatoes, beans, rice, flour and corn meal. The Mission is also very thankful to receive bottled water, boxed goods such as cereal and snack bars, toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs and brushes, and gently used blankets, hats, gloves and sleeping bags.
Please bring your donations to the back porch of the Annex Building located on Second Street near the back of our parking lot. Collections begin on Sunday, November 1, through Sunday, November 22, for timely delivery by Thanksgiving.
Lessons Study Group
A study group on "The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons" will meet 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" will meet 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 services.
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On Saturday, October 10, we will have a four-hour meditation from 8:00 am until noon. Chanting is on the hour. Please come and go at that time.
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.
The Young Adults, ages 18-39, will be meeting on Sunday, October 18, at 11:20 am in the Little Chapel. All young adults are invited to attend for fellowship and discussion. The meeting will last about one hour.
The Phoenix Temple Sunday School and Teen Group invite everyone to a Halloween Social on Saturday, October 24, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We will have a visit from the Fairy Queen and other fun events, as well as an organized Potluck.
Volunteers are needed. Please stop by the Volunteers Table Sunday after the service. for more information.
Rescheduled from October 11 to October 25
On Sunday, October 25, around 11:30 am, we will be holding our General Meeting in the Temple. Everyone with an interest in Temple activities is invited to attend.
Our next service day is Saturday, October 31, offering service oppor-tunities in many areas. Meditation is at 8:00 am and again at noon before a great vegetarian lunch. Please join us any time that morning for a fun day of fellowship and service.
The SRF Tucson Meditation Group invites everyone to the annual one-day Fall Retreat on Saturday, November 14, from 9 am – 4:15 pm. The location is the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center near Tucson, and the retreat will be conducted by the monks from the Phoenix Temple. Activities include meditations, a “spiritual living” class, kirtan chanting and a fabulous vegetarian lunch. The cost is $50, please register by Nov. 11. Details about location and registration are on a flyer at the two Free Literature Tables by the Exit of the Temple.
Ox Yoke Retreat
The Self-Realization Fellowship Ox Yoke Retreat is situated in Twentynine Palms California about 150 miles east of Los Angeles.
Enjoy the fresh air of the high desert as you set aside time for rejuvenation, spiritual study, exercise and meditation.
For more information, click on Groups, and then 'Ox Yoke Retreat" 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
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.
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
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."
Boys' Teen Retreat
At Lake Shrine in Los Angeles
Self-Realization Fellowship will be hosting a Boys Teen Retreat at the Lake Shrine on Saturday, October 17th. All interested teen boys ages 13-18 are welcome to attend. The day will consist of monastic-led meditation, tour of the Lake Shrine and satsanga. Lunch will be provided and there will be time for fellowship.
Please join us for the Devotee Marketplace on Sunday, November 8 following the morning service. This is our main fundraising event for the Phoenix Temple Expansion Project.
We will be offering goods and services provided by members and friends. We are still accepting ideas for classes and workshops, professional services, and donated items. Please bring your donations to the Devotee Marketplace Table after every Sunday Service.
Volunteers to help with food, setups and to staff the sales tables are most welcome, and there’s a bonus: all Volunteers will have a chance to shop at the Preview Sale on Saturday, November 7 from 3-5 pm.
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.
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.