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Vedanta Institute Los Angeles,
EIN: 47-3430270

ABOUT US


Vedanta Institute LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs to instill higher personal and spiritual values in individuals and the community as a whole. We are dedicated to conveying the wisdom of the ancient philosophy of Vedanta to audiences in and around Southern California.

Vedanta Institute Los Angeles is approved as an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Code.
EIN: 47-3430270

VILA offers the following:


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Study Groups

Ongoing study classes discuss A. Parthasarathy’s contemporary commentary of ancient philosophical texts. Classes are provided to the community free of charge.

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Introductory Lectures

Interactive discussions explain the basic principles of Vedanta, and how they can be applied in daily life.

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CORPORATE SEMINARS

The corporate world is afflicted with worry, anxiety and stress, affecting both quality of work and productivity. Corporate Training Programs teach the essential techniques which underly peace and efficiency in action, so you can look forward to work.

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SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Provides seminars to schools, universities and other institutions on instilling higher personal and spiritual values in young people through the teachings of Vedanta.

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One-on-One Sessions

We would often like to see how a general philosophical principle can be applied to an aspect or issue specific to our own life.  One-on-one sessions target the transformation of an idea into action.  Show how an ideal can be practically realized.

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RETREATS

An opportunity for self-discovery within a supportive community setting. Start the day with an energizing yoga session followed by enlightening talks and group discussions on different facets of Vedanta.

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WHAT IS VEDANTA?

Vedanta is derived from two words, veda knowledge and anta end. Vedanta means the culmination of knowledge. It is the ancient Indian philosophy which enunciates the eternal, universal principles of life and living. These principles inspire dynamic action towards meaningful goals, render one free from negative emotions, and provide clarity regarding one’s purpose and direction in life.

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OUR TEACHER

Vedanta Institute LA is inspired by the work of Swami Parthasarathy, world renowned philosopher.  He is considered the greatest living proponent of Vedanta, having dedicated six decades to translating the subtle wisdom of the Vedas into a practical technique for contemporary life. Swamiji has written ten books on the eternal philosophy of life in modern thought and language.



“Living is an art, a skill, a technique, you need to learn and practice it as you would to play a musical instrument or fly an aircraft.”

– Swami Parthasarathy



In 1988 he founded the Vedanta Academy, a world resource for the study, research and dissemination of Vedanta. It offers three-year full-time residential courses and youth camps for students as well as corporate seminars and retreats for professionals and businesspersons. Nestled in the serene hills of Malavli (65 mi south-east of Mumbai), the secluded setting provides an ideal atmosphere for contemplation on the truths of life.

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"We both give our unconditional recommendation and support Vedanta Institute seminars; anyone who is interested in learning ways to exchange the stress, depression, and anxiety in their lives with the knowledge, through self reflection, for making more informed decisions leading to a more enlightened, empathetic existence should seriously consider the Vedanta weekly seminars."
​-Pamela Lawrence Horowitz

TEST 1

"Vedanta is the most practical life tool I have ever picked up. It's the gift that keeps on giving."
- Maureen Flannigan

TEST 2

"The knowledge of Vedanta is necessary. It is the ABC of life. It is the very alphabet of life. Only when one understands the alphabet, could one be able to study & understand the essence of life. The teachings of Vedanta philosophy is an opportunity of a life time for seekers of reality, to get closer to their real Self."
​-Ben Badiee

TEST 4

"I had the good fortune of having my first exposure to Vedanta at a presentation made by Swami Parthasarathy. The wisdom and logic of his words resonated with me immediately and I have been participating in regular discussion groups since that time. I find the groups to be both spiritually and intellectually rewarding and while the path to spiritual enlightenment is a long one, I feel that the modest progress I have made to date has truly benefited me in my life and relationships."
– Paul Mayer

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Glen-Callahan

Glen Callahan

Originally from New Zealand, Glen’s educational background is in Engineering. In 2006 he took up residence at A. Parthasarathy’s educational institution in India, the Vedanta Academy. After completing the 3-year residential course there he returned briefly to New Zealand, then returned to the Academy to continue study and teaching, staying until June 2014.

Glen has had teaching experience in India, USA, New Zealand and Mauritius, conducting regular study groups for the public, as well as classes in spas, high-schools and universities.

Glen now resides in Los Angeles, where he conducts classes, seminars and workshops on Vedanta. He also contributes to the research and writing of articles for publication on the individual and social impact of Vedanta.

Nathalie-Callahan

Nathalie Callahan

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nathalie came across Vedanta just after receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bard College, NY in 2009. She joined the three-year course at the Vedanta Academy in India in 2010 and remained at the Academy for four years as a student and researcher on the subject. Nathalie has experience teaching Vedanta across Los Angeles and has also taught workshops in creative writing at women’s prisons in New York.

Nathalie currently resides in Los Angeles where she runs Vedanta Institute Los Angeles and teaches classes throughout LA and San Diego. She also contributes to research and writing of articles for publication on Vedanta and its relation to social issues.

WEEKLY CLASSES

Classes are free of charge and open to the public.

Saturdays  |  10:30-11:45am  |  Orange County
Select English Poetry

Sundays  |  10:00-11:30pm  | South Pasadena
Text: The Fall of the Human Intellect

Sundays  |  6:30-7:45pm  |  Studio City
Text: The Fall of the Human Intellect

Mondays  |  7:00-8:45pm  |  Pacific Palisades
Text: The Holocaust of Attachment

Wednesdays  |  10:00-11:30am  |  Beverly Hills
Text: Bhagavad Gita

Thursdays  |  6:00-7:15pm  |  San Diego
Text: Vedanta Treatise:The Eternities

Fridays  |  8:00-9:15am  |  San Diego
Text: Bhagavad Gita

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