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 Paramahansa Yogananda 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 of Self-Realization Fellowship.
The Phoenix Temple regularly conducts public lecture services on Sundays at 10:00 am. Please refer to our lecture schedule. Everyone is welcome.
Prayer is the one of the easiest and most powerful ways to serve. You can practice it anytime and anywhere. Our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, encouraged us to pray regularly for others and the world; and he started the World-Wide Prayer Circle as a means of facilitating this. Please note what he had to say about prayerful service in the free booklet "Worldwide Prayer Circle".
To request prayers from the SRF World Wide Prayer Circle anonymously, where monks, nuns and SRF members pray twice a day and practice Master's healing techniques for all the people who have requested prayers, click the prayer request link from the full website. Your name will remain there for 90 days.
Additionally, the Phoenix Temple has a Prayer Council. To request prayers, you can submit your name or the name of a friend or loved one. Click the link from the full website to have the members of the prayer council pray for you or those whose name you have submitted.
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.
A study group for "The Second Coming of Christ" meets every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Little Chapel directly behind the Temple. Everyone interested in Paramahansa Yogananda's commentary on the New Testament is welcome. Please bring Volume I to the study group.
A study group on "The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons" meets every Saturday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Little Chapel, located in the Sunday School building. The study group is open to Lessons Students only. Please bring your Lessons with you.
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."
Please join us for a meditation at the Masonic Auditorium in the very hall where Paramahansa Yogananda first gave Kriya initiation in Phoenix. The meditation is on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Masonic Auditorium is located at 345 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85003. The kirtan group will lead the chanting.
There is parking on the south and east side of the building, about 18 spaces. There is also parking in the Day Care/Masonic Temple garage on 4th Ave. directly across from the temple, about 18 spaces. Carpooling is encouraged. Street parking is metered.
See suggested route below to avoid the 5k and 10K run route in central Phoenix. Due to limited parking spaces, carpooling is recommended. Please allow adequate driving time.
Suggested driving directions
Easter celebrations at the Phoenix Temple on April 1 are as follows:
Help is needed in many areas. Please stop by the Volunteers’ Table for more information.
On Saturday, April 7 there will be a four-hour meditation from 8:00 am until noon. Chanting periods are on the hour; please come and go at these times.
We are happy to offer weekly Hatha Yoga classes for men and women starting Sunday, April 8 from 4 pm - 5:15 pm. The Men's class will be held in the Sunday School Special Events room upstairs in the Fellowship Hall, and the Women's class will be held downstairs in the main Hall at the same time. The suggested donation is $5 per class. These classes will be taught in accordance with SRF guidelines. Their primary purpose is to increase the body's flexibility, balance and strength to help sit more comfortably in meditation. To sign up for the classes, please stop by the Hatha Yoga table along the walkway after the Sunday service. Teachers will be available to answer your questions.
Our monthly Satsanga is Thursday, April 19 at 8 pm. A minister will answer questions about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings submitted in advance, either online at phoenixtemple.org or inside the box in the Little Chapel.
Our next Day of Service is Saturday, April 21 offering service opportunities in housekeeping, maintenance, gardening and cooking. Meditation is at 8-9 am and again at noon before a great vegetarian lunch. Please join us for a fun day of service and fellowship.
The Young Adults Group will be meeting on Sunday, April 22 at 11:20 am in the Fellowship Hall for fellowship and discussion. The meeting will last about one hour. Anyone ages 18-39 is welcome to attend.
April 27 - 29
On the weekend of April 27 - 29, the Phoenix Temple will host a Southwest Regional Retreat focusing on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. The retreat will be held in the beautiful high desert at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks in Tucson. The retreat is open to all SRF Lesson students and Kriyabans. We hope that many of you can find time from your busy lives for this weekend that will include group energization, meditation, classes and Satsanga.
"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
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.
This is a very special time at the Phoenix Temple; we are nearing fulfillment of our dream of a fellowship hall, expanded Sunday school space, and additional seating in the Temple.
Let's reflect on how this Temple and the teachings of the Guru have transformed us. Read these stories, which are part of the fabric of this community and weave together our individual and collective efforts to create the tapestry of the Phoenix Temple.
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."
The Lending Library is located next to the Bookroom along the sidewalk to the parking lot. It will be open every Sunday from 11:00 to 11:30 am. All are welcome to fill out a registration form which is required to receive an ID Tag that will be used to check out library material.
The Book Return is now located on the east side of the Fellowship Hall next to the entrance doors.
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 is a beautiful assortment of specially ordered gift items imported from India.
Our Bookroom is open after the Sunday service, offering many SRF books and recordings and gifts from India. The Bookroom is located along the walkway to the parking lot.
After years of planning and months of construction we are very pleased to report that we have completed the first phase of our Phoenix Temple Expansion Project.
Have a look at celebratory videos and recent pictures below!
Our first special event in our new Fellowship Hall and Patio. We had the VP of SRF, Brother Achalananda along with other monks who were Phoenix ministers. We enjoyed fellowship and a delicious Indian meal before going into the temple. There we watched a skit from the teen group followed by inspirations from all of the monks and Brother Achalananda.
To play this and other videos, select the link below and then click on the play button. Enjoy!
All SRF videos are now available as three-day streaming digital rentals. More than two dozen videos by Sri Daya Mata, Sri Mrinalini Mata, and other SRF monastics are now offered—and can be viewed in multiple formats (including tablet and phone).
Take Interstate 17 (Black Canyon Freeway) to Bethany Home Road turnoff. Turn right onto Bethany Home Road. Drive east two miles to Central Avenue. Turn left on Central. The temple, which is in a residential neighborhood, is on the right (east) side of Central Avenue.
Take Central Avenue north. Drive five miles from Van Buren Street to Bethany Home Road and continue another eighth-mile north to the temple.
From Scottsdale Road drive west on Camelback Road eight and one-half miles to Central Avenue. Turn right and drive north on Central Avenue about a mile to the temple.
From 51st Avenue drive east on Glendale Avenue five and one-half miles to Central Avenue. Turn right on Central Avenue and drive south about a mile to the temple.
Exit airport, following signs to Squaw Peak Expressway (No. 51). This enters on Interstate Highway 10. Turn right on 51 about one mile from entry lane. Take 51 to Bethany Home Road. Turn left to Central Avenue. Turn right and drive north about an eighth-mile to the temple.
Take Interstate 17 south to the Bethany Home Road turnoff and turn left onto Bethany Home Road. Drive east on Bethany Home Road two miles to Central Avenue. Turn left on Central Avenue and drive north to the temple.
Owing to frequent changes in bus lines and bus routes, we suggest you call the
public transportation companies for the latest information on the route you plan to take.
The Self-Realization Fellowship Phoenix Temple is open to the public. People of all faiths are welcome. Anyone interested in meditation and the ancient science of Kriya Yoga techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda is welcome to visit our temple.
Every Sunday at 10:00 am
After the Sunday Morning Meditation from 9:00 to 9:40 am, the main Lecture Service starts promptly at 10:00 and lasts til 11:00 am. At the same time, Sunday School is offered for children in the adjoining building. Anyone interested is welcome to the meditation and/or lecture service.
Every Thursday at 8:00 pm
On Thursday nights, the Phoenix Temple conducts an inspirational talk on a variety of topics, presented by either one of the monastics in residence or by a lay member. The talk is followed by a brief healing prayer service. All are welcome.
3rd Thursday of Each Month at 8:00 pm
On the third Thursday of each month, we hold a question and answer session at the Phoenix Temple. Please submit your questions regarding the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, applying the teachings in daily life, or related topics, by placing them in the box located in the Bookroom inside the temple.
Programs are available for Sunday School children (ages 3 through 13), Teen Boys/Girls (ages 13 and up) and Young Adults.
6111 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-1232
Telephone: (602) 279-6140
Our meditation practice is characterized by a short period of devotional singing, followed by the deep silence of intense concentration as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. The silence period is used to practice the techniques of concentration and for practice of Kriya Yoga techniques.
To gain the most benefits from meditation, we encourage you to subscribe to the SRF lessons to learn the techniques of meditation. You may also call the resident ministers to find out more about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
The goal of the energization exercise is to recharge the body with cosmic energy. The energization exercises are a form of pranayama ( life energy control ), a method taught by Paramahansa yogananda, and are different from ordinary physical exercises. They are practiced before every meditation to attune our body and mind.
1st Sunday Every Month at 6:00 pm
3rd Friday Every Month at 7:00 pm
( except July and August )
Kirtan is group devotional singing accompanied by traditional Indian instruments such as Tabla (drum), Tamboura (string instrument), cymbals, bells and harmonium. There is a period of silent meditation between chants to deepen devotion to God.
We are happy that you are interested in joining us for group meditation and thank you for considering the following guidelines and protocols.
A leader guides the group though periods of silent meditation 30-50 minutes in length, separated by short periods of devotional chanting and inspirational readings. Meditation makes prayer more powerful, so the last portion of the service is dedicated to individual and group prayer.
Chanting with deep concentration and devotion draws the devotee inward to the altar of God's presence. Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants is an excellent introduction to chanting and gives the words and music for the chants used in the services.
Paramahansa Yogananda said, "Meditation is the ability to take the mind away from every object of distraction and put it upon God alone." A few key points will be helpful in striving toward a state of loving absorption upon Spirit within. CORRECT POSTURE: Sit with the spine straight, feet flat on the floor, shoulders slightly back, chest out, abdomen in, and hands with palms upward resting at the juncture of thighs and abdomen. The goal is to keep the body relaxed and motionless.
FOCUS EYES GENTLY UPWARD: With eyes closed, direct the mind and focus the gaze gently at the point between the eyebrows ~ the spiritual eye.
KEEP THOUGHTS FOCUSED ON GOD: If no techniques are known, silently talk to God in the language of your heart. A devotional thought such as, "Reveal Thyself, I love Thee Lord", repeated with deep attention can bring an inner response from God.
Devotees come together in silent fellowship to reinforce each other's efforts toward Self-realization. You can do your part by remembering and following a few simple guidelines, which will help ensure an atmosphere of sacred stillness, free from distractions.
Wear clothing that is made of soft fabrics both for personal comfort and silence.
If you have a health condition that may cause disturbance to you or to others, please consider meditating at home.
Arrive early so you can choose a seat. Sit on an aisle in the back if you need to leave before the end. If you arrive late, you may wait in our Overflow Room until you hear chanting over the speakers, then transition quietly into the chapel.
Energization Exercises taught in the SRF Lessons are performed outdoors in a group 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the service.
Turn off electronic devices.
Remain still and quiet during meditation periods.
If you need to stretch, use the restroom or leave the service before the end, please do so during a chanting period.
The techniques of meditation taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, including the Energization Exercises and Hong Sau Technique of Concentration, may be learned through the SRF lessons which are sent by mail for personal study from the Mother Center. Applications for the Lessons are available at the Phoenix Temple. If you wish, feel free to talk with a minister after a Sunday or Thursday service.
Thank you for taking time to read this information and for helping to create a spiritual environment conducive to inner communion with God. If you have any questions or suggestions, please speak with one of our ministers or place a note in the satsanga box located in the bookroom.
This musical slideshow video show images from our first special event in our new Fellowship Hall and Patio. We had the VP of SRF Brother Achalananda along with other monks who were Phoenix ministers. We enjoyed fellowship and a delicious Indian meal before going into the temple. There we watched a skit from the teen group followed by inspirations from all of the monks and Brother Achalananda.
Dedication Ceremony for our new Fellowship Hall on September 10, 2017. The ceremony shows Brother Balananda from the Phoenix Temple and Brother Vishwananda visiting from the Mother Center and representing the Board of Directors. We had kirtan chanting from our group and Brother Vishwananda blew the conch shell during the ribbon cutting. The ceremony was followed by the prayer for food which was a lunch prepared in our new hall. A very special cake with the image of our hall was cut by the monks.
This is a wonderful view of the concrete installation on the second floor of the expansion project building by view of a drone piloted by Mike Jackson. You can see how Guruji's project is coming along with a vista view that puts everything into perspective.
On March 6, 2017. Prayer cards, which had been collected from the congregation, were placed under the foundation of the new Fellowship Hall. Shortly afterwards, concrete was poured for the foundation, sealing the prayers in place as a permanent blessing for our hall.
This was our blessing and groundbreaking ceremony for our new fellowship hall held Sunday January 8, 2017. Sunday school children held their class outside and were joined by our ministers and the entire congregation after a shortened lecture service. The ceremony started with a prayer and Aarati ceremony with kirtan chanting. That was followed by the groundbreaking. Everyone then took up positions around the border of our new building and raised up a long ribbon while chanting OM. That was followed by everyone receiving proshad and a small card to place their own prayers onto that will later become part of the foundation of our new hall.
We had a wonderful Christmas Commemoration service last month with the Sunday School children followed by the children singing in the temple. Our temple Christmas Social continued with several talented members playing Christmas songs and then we sang carols together. The monks were given gifts and we were served a lovely vegetarian lunch afterwards outside in our patio area.
The Phoenix Temple Sunday School held our first Diwali Celebration today after the main service with the children, members, and monastics at our annex building. We had food and fellowship followed by an Arti Ceremony by Brother Balananda, chanting and a short meditation. We hope you'll enjoy this video of the event.
We had the company of two monastics; Brothers Balananda and Jayananda. We enjoyed the peace and beauty of nature, fellowship, hikes, food, stories from the monks, and meditation mixed with chants accompanied by guitar.
This was the special service for children which followed the Easter sunrise service and breakfast Easter morning. The children also had an Easter egg hunt and filed into the main lecture service to sing a short song one of the children had written.
Thanks to all who joined us for our annual Christmas celebration, held on December 20th, after the Sunday service. Entertainment included a wonderful music program showcasing the talents of our temple singers. A good time was had by all.
The Phoenix Temple teen group hosted a special Halloween event on the evening of October 24, which included a potluck dinner, a magic show, a haunted house, a puppet show, music and entertainment, a visit to the astral world, a special visit by the fairy queen and much more. A wonderful time was had by all.
The Phoenix Temple celebrated Easter Sunday on April 5, starting with a Sunrise Service at 7:00 am in the Temple, followed by a delicious breakfast at 8:00 am. The Sunday School had a devotional service for the children at 10:00 am, including an Easter egg hunt. Kids, Volunteers and member enjoyed fellowship on a beautiful Spring day in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Temple held its Bi-Annual India Night celebration this year on October 18. The celebration started with a traditional Aarti ceremony hosted by the resident SRF monastics. The teen group put on an entertaining play with a focus on the upcoming Phoenix Temple expansion project. Two sisters were visiting from Mother Center and they helped us celebrate the 100th birthday of our former Sangha Mata, Daya Mata, who passed in 2010. The kirtan group played for the opening Aarti ceremony and at the end with a rousing kirtan with the attending audience joining in. A delicious catered Indian meal was served. It was a beautiful evening!
Easter at the Temple was a great time for celebrating the life and teachings of Jesus and to honor his life and mission. For the children, a special outdoor service was held along with an Easter egg hunt. For the adults, we had a beautiful and inspirational message, along with a delicious Easter breakfast. Thanks to all who helped in making this Easter a great success!
There are many opportunities to serve at the Phoenix Temple, and you can select the areas of service which fit your schedule, talents, and interests. Volunteer coordinators (at the volunteer table along the walkway most Sundays) can answer your questions about current and ongoing volunteer opportunities. Please come by and introduce yourself, or simply complete the volunteer form online. All information is confidential and will be forwarded to the volunteer coordinators, who will contact you. Any service you provide to the temple is greatly appreciated and will bring great good karma :)
Keep abreast of the latest volunteer activities by signing up for our volunteer newsletter. We will inform you of volunteer needs for upcoming special events, new volunteer opportunities, Day of Service Reminders and much more. Click on the link to sign up!
We hope you'll join us for our special events which include fellowship and food. These are wonderful opportunities to get to know other members and be involved in temple activities. We enthusiastically invite you to participate by serving! You may also sign up for the volunteer newsletter to hear more about these regular events at the Phoenix Temple as they grow close!
The Phoenix Temple Information Guide is provided to help you get acquainted with committees at the Phoenix Temple, its services, and activities. For those who would like to become involved in temple activities, there are numerous opportunities available to participate and serve.
Welcome to our SRF Phoenix Temple Sunday School. Our aim is to inspire children to develop a special love for God as the "Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, and Cosmic Friend." The lessons and principles imparted to children are based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Children are taught at an early age that there is only one God and to respect all true religions as paths to the same goal. They are also taught "how-to-live" principles that lead to a happy, balanced life through developing a personal relationship with God in meditation and right activity.
Sunday School teachers strive to create an environment that is both spiritual and fun. After a brief prayer and period of devotional chanting, children are guided in meditation and visualization in age-appropriate ways. Then follows a story or lesson to illustrate a universal spiritual principle. Lastly, there is an activity or craft that relates to the day's central topic.
Sunday School begins promptly at 10:00 am, concurrent with our temple lecture services. Most classes are located on the second floor of the fellowship hall, east of the temple; the entrance is at the southwest corner. Parents should perform a personal handoff between 9:45-10:00 directly to the teacher and pick up their children as soon as the lecture service ends.
The Sunday School held an Open House on January 28 to show off the new Sunday School floor, which was beautifully decorated with displays made by professional devotee artists for activities with the children. It was very well attended, and all felt the vibrations and blessings of the Masters as they visited, sipped mango lassi and learned more about our Sunday School program
Enjoy this short video showing Sunday School childeren and teachers moving into the new Sunday School rooms, upstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
We will be hosting two or three short videos and summaries of past Sunday School events on our web page. Older events will be moved to our archive. We invite you to browse through all the short videos and summaries posted here for a sampling of the type of activities that the children engage in during Sunday School..
The Phoenix Temple Teen Group strives to provide a friendly environment for the teenagers in our spiritual family, allowing them to explore the SRF spiritual path in the company of fellow teenagers. Every Sunday from 10:00-11:00am (same time as the lecture service for adults), there is a teen class consisting of an age-appropriate meditation followed by a class (participative and practical) based on the "how to live" teachings given by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Additionally, there are "teen satsangas" with the temple ministers a few times per year, as well as special events that involve the teens, such as the Bake Sale, Burrito Bar, Ice Cream Social, and Halloween.
Sunday morning "teen group" is held at the "annex" on the opposite side of the parking lot from the temple. More mature teens are also welcome to participate in our Young Adults' Group (ages 16-26) which meets once a month after the main service in the Little Chapel.
For teens and parents who are interested in extracurricular teen group activities that are sponsored by an independent, web-based, lay member community, you can visit the following website for more information:
The SRF Phoenix Young Adults Group are disciples and friends ages 18-39, who encourage the understanding of Paramahansa Yogananda's Self Realization fellowship teachings. Our mission is to create opportunities for SRF Young Adults to connect and support each other as we roll out activities to strengthen spiritual habits and high moral values, increase social networks, promote healthy living, and provide support through the guidance of monastics and lay mentors. Our special activities include regular spiritual gatherings, satsanga, meditation, fellowship, service, retreats and special events.
In addition to the activities listed here, there are outings and other fellowship events for young adults in addition to those sponsored by the SRF Phoenix Temple.
Our Young Adults Group meets once a month on Sunday after the temple service, from 11:20 A.M. until noon in the Little Chapel.
For up to date information on the Young Adult Group activities at the Phoenix Temple, please join our mailing list and fill in your profile.