Reno Meditation Group :: FAQs  


Are your services open to everybody, or just to members? Do I need to sign up?

All our meditation services are open to the public and all sincere seekers are welcome. Services are comprised of periods of silent meditation, devotional chanting, and inspirational reading.

Is there any charge for meditation services?

There is no charge for attending services. On Sundays, there is an optional offertory that helps cover our operating expenses, and allows us to assist in the worldwide humanitarian work of Self-Realization Fellowship.

Where can I learn more about Self-Realization Fellowship and Paramahansa Yogananda?

You can learn more about SRF by visiting the Self-Realization Fellowship website at

Undreamed of Possibilities, the introductory booklet on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, is available on the SRF website, and copies are also available on our free-literature table.

You can learn more about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda by reading his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, which can be found in our bookstore, as well as at most major bookstores and public libraries.

How much experience do I need to go to your meditations?

You do not need any background in meditation to attend our services, although it is helpful to have the SRF meditation techniques.

What style of meditation do you practice? Do I need to bring a cushion or other materials?

We meditate with closed eyes, seated on chairs. There is no need to bring any accessories.

Are the meditations guided?

Apart from brief instructions given at the beginning of the service, the meditations are not guided. Those interested in learning the SRF techniques of meditation are encouraged to apply for the SRF Lessons. There are guided meditations available on the SRF website.

Which service should I attend first?

The Sunday Reading Service (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) is a good introduction for those not familiar with meditation or with SRF. These services include shorter periods of meditation that can help one prepare for the longer periods (approximately 45 minutes) in our Meditation Services. The Sunday service also offers the best opportunity to meet & chat with other members of our group.

Is it okay to arrive after a service has started?

People are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early in order to settle in before service begins. Our doors are open for 15 minutes before the start of each service. If you arrive after a service has begun please wait for the greeter to usher you in during one of the chants or readings. Equally, if you need to leave before the end of a service, please do so during a chant or reading.

I have heard about Kriya Yoga and would like to learn more. Where can I find information?

Self-Realization students initially devote themselves to a period of preliminary study and meditation in order to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually for Kriya practice. This instruction is obtained through a series of printed lessons written by Paramahansa Yogananda that can be studied at home. These lessons teach three important techniques: energization, concentration and meditation. Brief details of these techniques are outlined in the free introductory booklet 'Undreamed of Possibilities'.

After a period of study and practice covering at least the first two steps of the SRF Lessons, which usually takes about a year, one can then decide if he or she wishes to apply for Kriya Yoga. This is a decision that signifies the establishment of the guru-disciple relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda.

You can learn more about Kriya Yoga in Chapter 26 of Autobiography of a Yogi, in which Paramahansa Yogananda describes the history & purpose of Kriya Yoga. If you have further questions, please check the SRF website or call Self-Realization Fellowship at (323) 225-2471, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (Pacific Time), and a monastic will be happy to discuss them with you.

Where can I purchase SRF books, tapes and video publications?

A selection of books, tapes, CDs, photographs and other devotional items may be purchased before and after services at our Group. Just ask the person at the door, who will direct you.

A larger range of SRF publications and devotional items is also available directly from the on-line catalogue at the SRF headquarters web address above.

What if I have more questions?

If you have further questions about our group & its activities, please feel free to contact us.

When you know God as peace within, then you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without.

— Paramahansa

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