September 9, 2021

San Francisco: Vedanta Society of Northern California; things to do

San Francisco

Vedanta Society of Northern California

Founded in 1900 by Swami Vivekananda, the Vedanta Society of Northern California is spiritually affiliated with the Ramakrishna Order, which is considered to be one of the foremost spiritual institutions in India.  This was the first Hindu temple on the West Coast and is one of a number of Vedanta centers in the United States, all guided by swamis (monks) of the Order who serve as its ministers.

Vedanta is the oldest of the major living religions of the world. It affirms that all religions lead to the same Truth—“Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda).  Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is spirit, infinite and eternal, unchanging and indivisible. It emphasizes that a person’s true nature is this divine spirit--identical with the inmost being and reality of the universe--and the goal is to actualize this truth in a person’s life.


Old Temple

2963 Webster St./Filbert St., in Cow Hollow near Union Street

exterior of the main temple of the Vedanta Society of Northern California
exterior of the main temple of the Vedanta Society of Northern California

Built in 1905, this exotic-looking building features Victorian architecture mixed with Eastern Bengal-temple-style bulb-shaped domes and towers.  It also has Moorish columns with a Doric base, cusped Mogul arches forming an arcaded balcony, and a crenelated European castle tower.  

exterior of the main temple of the Vedanta Society of Northern California
exterior of the main temple of the Vedanta Society of Northern California


New Temple

2323 Vallejo St./Fillmore St., (415) 922-2323.  

Built in 1959 and renovated in 2017, this building is the main center for meetings and classes and is used as a residence for the monks. 


More information about the Vedanta Society of Northern California.  




images ©2021 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

August 4, 2021

Nevada City: Treats; restaurant review

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country

Treats  

110 York St., (530) 913-5819.  Daily 1-9 pm.  

exterior of Treats in Nevada City, California
exterior of Treats in Nevada City, California


For creamy housemade ice cream, head to this sweet little shop inside an atmospheric vintage building.  Depending on the weather, seating is more inviting in the air-conditioned interior or on the little sidewalk patio out front.  Choose from an ice cream menu that includes unusual flavors--rhubarb, saffron, rose, pistachio, lemon custard--as well as more common ones--think Bing cherry--and always three vegan options as well.  A variety of cones are available.  The grapevine suggests ordering bourbon breakfast ice cream in a waffle cone.  Next time.  More treats include sundaes and milkshakes as well as house-baked cookies--some gluten-free choices are available--and made-to-order ice cream cakes to go. Ingredients are local and organic, and premium Straus Family Creamery products are among them.  

counter at Treats in Nevada City, California
counter at Treats in Nevada City, California


menu of ice cream flavors at Treats in Nevada City, California
menu of ice cream flavors at Treats in Nevada City, California


drink menu at Treats in Nevada City, California
drink menu at Treats in Nevada City, California


selection of ice cream specialties at Treats in Nevada City, California
selection of ice cream specialties at Treats in Nevada City, California


More things to do in Nevada City.

More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

More ideas for exploring Northern California. 

images ©2021 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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