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East West Bookshop: Our Mission

  • A wisdom center
  • A place for self-exploration, personal growth, and spiritual renewal
  • Support for each person’s spiritual and personal journey
  • A place where all spiritual traditions and teachers are honored
  • A community of people with shared aspiration for higher awareness
  • A highly knowledgable staff to answer questions and explore topics of interest
  • A haven of peace in the midst of one of the most dynamic places in the world
 

What you’ll find here

 
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A Vibrant Retreat Center
300+ Events a Year

East West is the spiritual heart of the Silicon Valley. It's a community and a mini-retreat center — hosting over 300 in-store events a year, with leaders in consciousness and spirituality. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Caroline Myss, Swami Kriyananda, Stephen Halpern, and Eckhart Tolle are among the many who have spoken here. Nearly every day of the year, you can attend a lecture, workshop, concert, intuitive readings, or film. Explore upcoming events

 
 
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Books that Can Change Our Lives 

Explore a wide range of books from spiritual traditions ancient and modern. Contemporary spiritual teachers include the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, Yogananda, Amma, Marianne Williamson, Deepok Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many more. You’ll find a huge cookbook section with healthy, delicious meals. Learn the latest clinical research on meditation and consciousness. Discover how consciousness studies are affecting our understanding, not only of ourselves, but of fundamental concepts of physics and the nature of the universe. A great book takes us on profound journeys of self-discovery.

 
 
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Spiritual Support for Young People

Give young people the gift of greater self-understanding and inner strength. The Silicon Valley is not an easy place to raise confident, relaxed, compassionate children. Give your child or teen tools to meet the challenges and stresses of modern life. We offer a wide range of books to inspire and teach young people universal ideals: compassion, will power, enthusiasm, courage, self-calming skills when we feel afraid, kindness, confidence. 

 
 
  Click on this photo to see a terrific 360 degree tour of the store, thanks to Google.

Click on this photo to see a terrific 360 degree tour of the store, thanks to Google.

 

Unique, beautiful Gifts

The store is overflowing with unique and beautiful gifts that uplift the spirit, including the largest collection of crystals in the Bay Area, sacred art, jewelry, candles, aromatherapy, singing bowls, statues, natural fabric clothing, delicate teapots and organic teas, incense, greeting cards, and a large selection of blank-paper journals. (and much more)

Voted “Best Place for Unusual Gifts”
nearly every year since 1997
—Mountain View Voice

 

Our Spiritual Roots

East West Bookshop was a favorite spot for Swami Kriyananda. He stopped in often whenever he was visiting his parents, who lived nearby (The store was in Menlo Park then).

When the owner was ready to retire, she reached out and asked if he would take on the store. He felt inspired to say yes, and the store has been managed by Ananda folks ever since. We're honored  to be custodians for this remarkable place.  

Ananda is the spiritual community founded by Swamiji, and like him, live by the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi). Learn more about Ananda (4 minute video):

 
 
 
  Paramhansa Yogananda & his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who purchased East West Bookshop in the early 1980s.    Swami Kriyananda served his guru for more than 60 years. He is author of more than 130 books, a prolific composer of spiritual music, and founder of Ananda communities and temples.  Learn more about this spiritual lineage.

Paramhansa Yogananda & his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who purchased East West Bookshop in the early 1980s.

Swami Kriyananda served his guru for more than 60 years. He is author of more than 130 books, a prolific composer of spiritual music, and founder of Ananda communities and temples. Learn more about this spiritual lineage.

 
 

This place is my undying sanctuary. The energy here is out of this world such that I immediately feel a sense of calm and peace when I walk in.
— Sonya R, Yelp