About our classes
Learn the meditation techniques that Sri Chinmoy taught and his life-affirming and transformative philosophy that gave rise to his multifarious activities. These free, on-going courses are taught by his students.
You’ll learn about spirituality, meditation, the soul, spiritual teachers, vegetarian diet, mantras, physical fitness, creativity, and the world beyond the physical senses.
What classes are happening now?
See below for a list of current classes. All our classes are free because Sri Chinmoy always offered his meditation instruction and musical-meditations at no charge.
Learn to Meditate … And more
The key that opens many doors
Mondays, Sep. 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7
“Meditation is one of the first revived ancient arts that allows human beings to lead happier
and more fulfilling lives than ever before.” – Sri Chinmoy
The philosophy and practice of meditation
Meditate and Change Your Life:
Living in the Heart
A workshop series of four progressive sessions. Please plan to attend all 4 parts if possible.
Learn simple techniques to quiet the mind and connect with your soul.
Classes are offered by Pujari Scheaffer, who is an artist, musician and avid sportsman, and has studied and taught meditation for over 40 years.
Admission is free, we simply ask that you have a sincere desire to learn and practice.
“I meditate so that my mind cannot complicate my life.” –Sri Chinmoy
The Spiritual Teachings of Sri Chinmoy
Eternal Truths for A Happy Life
New Free Three-part series
Thursdays, Sep. 12, 19, and 26, 7:00 p.m.
Results you can expect from this series include:
• Establish (or intensify) your daily meditation practice
• Adopt healthy habits for a balanced life
• Deepen your faith
• Recognize the unity of all spiritual traditions
• Meet challenges as opportunities for growth
About the Instructor As a student of Sri Chinmoy, Vasudha Deming has applied the spiritual teachings featured in this course to her own life for over 30 years. She has taught classes on various topics and has developed learning programs for hundreds of top organizations.
The class is located at the Jyoti-Bihanga Meditation Loft in Normal Heights, 3351 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116. Entry to the loft is at the 2nd door down Felton Street behind the restaurant. Text 619-251-6321 for more information.
Silent Meditation and Sound Revelation
Exploring Mantra & Spiritual Poetry
Fridays, Sep. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4
In this class series you will learn techniques to begin quieting the mind for meditation as well as chant mantras from Vedas and Upanishads. We will also look at poetry as a means to reveal spiritual truths and experiences, with examples from Sri Chinmoy, Rumi, and others.
The instructor, Pransukh, is a lover of meditation, reading, gardening, Yoga and has studied and practiced for over 20 years under the compassionate guidance of Spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy.
The class is located at the Jyoti-Bihanga Meditation Loft in Normal Heights, 3351 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116. Entry to the loft is at the 2nd door down Felton Street behind the restaurant. Text 828-747-2232 for more information.
Classes at Your Location
If you have a group of 10 or more people who are eager to learn about meditation and other powerful techniques, we can come to you!
At present, the following free classes are available (taught by Vasudha). Call or text 619-251-6321 for more information.
- Sports, Fitness and Meditation (90 minutes)
Techniques for inspiration and performance—suitable for athletes of any level
- 3 Keys to Happiness (90 minutes)
Simple techniques to help you create and sustain joy in your daily life
- A Moment’s Peace: Meditation in the Workplace (60 minutes)
Inspirations for Meditation
Practical applications for learning and achieving the ability to focus, meditate and contemplate.
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About our instructors
Our classes are given by instructors from all walks of life, some of whom have been studying meditation of Sri Chinmoy for over 30 years.
Mahiyan has taught meditation in San Diego for nearly 30 years. A graduate of UCSD with a major in Physics, he was a champion tennis player who initially learned meditation in order to help his tennis game. more »
Pushkara has studied meditation for over 35 years. His journey began in college in Long Island, New York and his spiritual adventure lead him to California in the 80’s. He teachers in a down-to-earth style that is sincere and unpretentious. more »
The study of meditation and the spiritual life has been an aspiring integral part of Papaha’s life as an artist, designer and instructor for over three decades. His life flourishes from the clarity, energy, creativity and heartfelt oneness that meditation offers and he is inspired more »
As well as our native San Diegoans, we frequently invite instructors from all around the world to give talks.
Serving the community in San Diego
As well as free meditation classes, our members run several enterprises that bring the principles of meditation into daily life, and are continually organising projects to serve the public, and to help each human being find the best within themselves.
Running for Peace
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is the world’s largest torch relay for peace. The Peace Run traveled through San Diego on its international route May 22nd through 26th, where it visited schools, youth and community groups, and government officials spreading the message that we have much more in common than what divides us. More information is at: http://www.peacerun.org
Here are two great videos covering the visit to Central Elementary School on May 22, 2018 on KUSI by Ed Lenderman. The second one has a more comprehensive report: http://www.kusi.com/international-peace-run-makes-a-stop-in-san-diego.
In 2019 the Peace Run will visit San Diego once again to do a local run around San Diego County.
Watch this news coverage on KUSI about the run in 2017:
Our weekly 2-mile races
Sri Chinmoy felt that outer running definitely helped our inner running (i.e. meditation) by keeping the body fit and calming the emotions. Every Saturday at 8 am, we hold an informal 2 mile race – Sri Chinmoy called them ‘Self-Transcendence Races’, because the main goal is to get joy be bettering your own capacity. The race starts and finishes at the Sri Chinmoy Peace Garden, 2520 Adams Avenue between Arizona and Hamilton, 92116.
Under the banner of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team also hold larger sporting events for the San Diego public – for example, the Self-Transcendence La Jolla Swim & Run which will be held in the Spring of 2019 once again.
Sri Chinmoy Peace Garden.
Inaugurated in 2012, this park aims to provide a quiet space in one of the busiest parts of San Diego, so that the public can find a moment’s peace in the middle of a busy world.
Adams Avenue and Arizona Street
Self-Transcendence La Jolla Swim & Run
The San Diego Sri Chinmoy Centre organizes a classic San Diego event now in its 34th year! 1-mile out-and-back ocean swim at La Jolla Shores beach followed by a 10K or 5K run on a loop course along flat-packed sand at low tide. It is a beautiful location for for a runners and swimmers alike that has drawn top athletes from around the world. Relays are also allowed. Awards are given for age-group individual athletes as well as top relay teams. For more information go to: us.srichinmoyraces.org/sandiego/swim-run
Jyoti-Bihanga: San Diego’s oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant.
Jyoti-Bihanga is situated on Adams Avenue, and dedicated to providing delicious food in a tranquil atmosphere. Our staff study meditation according to Sri Chinmoy’s teachings, so if you have any questions about meditation or our classes that you would like to discuss, please come on in!
3351 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 282-4116 – jyotibihanga.com