Self-Realization Fellowship - Lake Shrine Temple

The Lake Shrine Retreat

The Lake Shrine Retreat

 "Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God"


-- Paramahansa Yogananda


The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine was dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950.

Many thousands of visitors come each year to enjoy the scenic beauty and serenity of this spiritual sanctuary. The ten-acre site, with its gardens and natural spring-fed lake, is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including swans, ducks, koi, and trees and flowers from around the world.

The grounds include a Court of Religions honoring the five principal religions of the world, the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial (pictured at the left) where a portion of Gandhi's ashes is enshrined, a museum with exhibits on Paramahansa Yogananda's work, and a gift shop with arts and crafts from India. The temple itself is on a hilltop overlooking the lake.

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Lake Shrine Slide Show

Lake Shrine Slide Show


Thursday May 28th

Landscaping will begin on the Windmill Thursday May 28h. Access to the Lake will be available from the Gift shop to the Windmill Chapel. The Gift shop will be open all day while the Visitor Center opens around noon.

Around the Lake

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Around the Lake


Temple Hours

As we enter the closing phase of the Windmill Chapel restoration project, we see a need to maximize volunteer and staff resources. So beginning May 1st, the Temple and Temple parking lot will be closed Tuesday through Saturday. (Lake Grounds will remain open).

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Saturday May 30th

Two weddings will be held Saturday May 30th on the Gandhi Lawn from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Sunday Parking

The City of Los Angeles has installed a median barrier at the entrance to the Temple to prevent dangerous and illegal turns across Sunset Boulevard.

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Weekly Announcements

Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.

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News & Inspiration

Temple Day of Service

Our next Day of service is Saturday, May 30

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Inner Reflections

In all our harmonious relations we must remember that it is God who is playing hide-and-seek from behind the living hearts.

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Introduction to Meditation

Sunday, June 28th please join us for an introductory class on meditation. The class will be held in the special events room, Temple level. Class begins at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.