About the Temple Activities

Descriptions of services and activities at the Lake Shrine Temple



Visiting hours and temple tour information


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

About the Lake Shrine


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 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.


News & Inspiration

  • Windmill Chapel Restoration Video

    Windmill Chapel Restoration Video

    We are pleased to share a short video about the recent restoration and earthquake retrofit of the Windmill Chapel at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine.Read More »
  • Inner Reflections

    Inner Reflections

    When you are calm, you feel the whole universe of happiness rocking gently beneath you consciousness. That happiness is God. – Paramahansa YoganandaRead More »


  • Four Hour Kriyaban Retreat

    Four Hour Kriyaban Retreat

    A Four-Hour Silent Retreat for Kriyabans will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Lake Shrine Temple. Brother Satyananda is planning to lead the Retreat. Below is the Retreat schedule: 10:00 am Welcome inRead More »
  • Sacred Spaces Holiday Boutique November, 13th & 20th.

    Sacred Spaces Holiday Boutique November, 13th & 20th.

    The highly anticipated Lake Shrine Temple Sacred Spaces Boutique will take place after the Sunday Services on November 13 and 20, 10:00 to 10:30 am and 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.  This year’s focus is on presenting ways to createRead More »
  • Weekly Announcements – October, 23 – 2016

    Weekly Announcements – October, 23 – 2016

    Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.Read More »
  • Temple Hours

    Temple Hours

    The Temple and Temple parking lot will be closed Tuesday through Saturday. (Lake Grounds will remain open). Exceptions to this closure will be the 7:15 am meditations (Tuesday through Friday), and when ceremonies are scheduled.  Friday and Sunday afternoon Temple Tours.Read More »
  • Around the Lake

    Around the Lake

    Would you like to stay informed about upcoming Lake Shrine events, activities, and special retreats? Please use the link below to sign up for the “Around the Lake” Newsletter. Sign Up for Our NewsletterRead More »