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




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Sunday Parking

Parking is available in our Temple lot and at the lower Lake level.  Additional parking can be found at the Waldorf School just 100 yards west of our main entrance on Sunset.  Please do not park in the neighboring dirt lots or on private property, as you may be towed at your own expense.

Weekly Announcements

Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.


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News & Inspiration

February 4-Hour Meditation

Meditation is the science of reuniting the soul with the Infinite Spirit or God. By meditating regularly and deeply, you will awaken your soul — the immortal, blissful divine consciousness at the innermost core of your being.


Paramahansa Yogananda Birthday Commemoration

Each year Self-Realization Fellowship temples and centers throughout the world observe a devotional ceremony, held on January 5th to honor the birth of our beloved Gurudev Paramahansa Yogananda.


Gifts of Love on Valentine's Day

Valentine hearts come in many forms: candies, cookies, cakes, jeweled boxes, banners, lacy cards, ornaments of glass and wood and ribbon, all aglow. But, of course, the most important hearts are those we carry within us.


Inner Reflections

Web 1The scenery of mountains painted on the ever-changing azure canvas of the sky, the mysterious mechanism of the human body, the rose, the green grass carpet, the magnanimity of souls, the loftiness of minds, the depth of love - all these things remind us of a God who is beautiful and noble.

- Paramahansa Yogananda