We warmly welcome everyone to any regular weekly or special event at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta. You do not need an invitation. Our devotees and guests come from all walks of life and from every corner of the world. Please keep checking our calendar and sign up to receive our newsletter by email, as we typically invite several fascinating authors, ministers of other faith traditions, and prominent guest speakers throughout the year. There is no charge for any of our classes, lectures, or in-town retreats.
Our off-site Annual Retreat normally is held during an autumn weekend (Friday afternoon through Sunday lunch).
REGULARLY SCHEDULED Events and Activities
Sunday Meditation, Talk, and Fellowship
10:30 – 11:00 am
Personal, silent meditation. All are welcome to meditate or sit quietly; we will sometimes play soft music.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Talks followed by Q&A and discussion.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
After the talk, devotees and friends meet in the Monastery for tea, coffee, snacks and a continuation of our spiritual fellowship. Please join us!
See Calendar for details about any particular Sunday.
Evening Arati – 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Every evening except Sunday, Vespers (Arati) is held from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.
A short period of chanting, song and prayer is followed by silent meditation. Everyone is welcome — come as is practical for you.
Tuesday, 8 to 9 pm – Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Details: We are currently reading the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
Class format includes reading and discussion. — Informal, no prerequisites, all are welcome!
Led by: Br. Shankara, Resident Minister
Location: Monastery library
Wednesday Evening: Sekar Chandrasekaran’s class on Bhagavad Gita has concluded; his students finished that text. In order to pursue his own studies, Sekar decided not to start another class right away. The Center is deeply grateful for Sekar’s efforts to help us understand and practice Sanatana Dharma. When we are ready to launch a Wednesday evening class, perhaps after the August summer break, that will be announced here and in our E-Newsletter.
Thursday, 7:45 to 9:00 pm – Adi Shankaracharya’s Vivekachoodamani
Details: We are studying Shankara’s most famous discourse on the nondual path, The Crest Jewel of Discrimination.
Reading and discussion. Informal, no prerequisites, all are welcome!
Led by: Dr. Raghu Grandige, of the Chinmaya Mission Atlanta
Saturday, 11:00am to 12:00 pm – Swami Vivekananda’s Jnana Yoga
Details: We are reading and discussing Swami Vivekananda’s Jnana Yoga.
Individual class members read from the text, followed by commentary and discussion by the class. Structure is informal, no prerequisites, all are welcome!
Led by: Class is self-led and peer-facilitated.
Location: Monastery library
Please see our Calendar for details, and watch for special class announcement in our newsletter.
Sacred Song Circle – 3rd Sunday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
**Please check our Calendar as we occasionally meet on another Sunday of the month when events conflict.**
Please come, if you like to sing or play music that lifts the soul, or if you just like to listen. No formality — the Circle is not for “performance.” It’s for the sheer enjoyment of offering music to the Divine, in yourself and in others. We hope you can drop by around 4. If you play an instrument, please bring it. We’re mostly acoustic or a cappella, but we can plug you in, if that’s how you like to play. We’ll wind up the Circle about 6pm, then retire to the Monastery for an hour or so, for snacks and beverages.
Special Events and Activities
- Lectures by Swamis from other Vedanta centers
- Guest speakers, in-house weekend retreats, and interfaith gatherings
- Musical concerts and cultural programs
- Annual General Meeting (typically held in March)
- Annual Retreat (typically held in the Fall)