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

    Any time you become fascinated by some material creation close your eyes, look within and contemplate its Source. – Paramahansa YoganandaRead More »


  • May Welcome Month

    May Welcome Month

    This May the Lake Shrine is hosting several events for newcomers, including guided introductory meditations, inspirational talks, a one day silent retreat, and a showing of Awake: The Life of Yogananda.   Follow the link below for a full scheduleRead More »
  • Welcome Sunday May, 1st.

    Welcome Sunday May, 1st.

    Welcome Sunday “Building a Dynamic Spiritual Life” and Cinco de Mayo Friendship Tea.  Docent tour and the 16th Annual Food Drive begins and continues through the month of May.Read More »
  • Sri Yukteswar Birthday Commemoration Service

    Sri Yukteswar Birthday Commemoration Service

    A special commemorative service will be held on Tuesday, May 10th at 8 pm in the Temple to honor the birthday of Swami Sri Yukteswar. Those with an understanding of the guru-disciple relationship are warmly invited to attend. Please bringRead More »
  • Awake Screening May, 29th

    Awake Screening May, 29th

    Please join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed movie Awake. The screening will be held in the Special Events room starting at 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.Read More »
  • Weekly Announcements – May, 1 2016

    Weekly Announcements – May, 1 2016

    Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.Read More »