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Lake Shrine Updates
Our SRF Mother Center has given a directive to temporarily close to the public, all ashram Centers in Southern California. This includes Mother Center, Hollywood, Lake Shrine and Encinitas. For Lake Shrine this includes, the temple, the meditation gardens and the retreat. This closure goes into effect Wednesday, March 18 and will remain until current public health challenges abate and conditions are considered safe for all guests, volunteers and employees.
Houseboat Saturday Morning Meditations
Dear Guests, due to the coronavirus Saturday morning houseboat meditations have been canceled until further notice.
The Shoreline Project
The natural banks around the lake have eroded and become unstable in many places. A project to restore the integrity of the shoreline using reinforced granite stone is in progress. A portion of the site beneath the Lotus Towers will become a staging area, while the work itself will take place from a custom barge floating on the lake. The circular path around the lake will remain open to visitors, but the work may at times disrupt the tranquility of the environment. The long-term benefit will be preservation of the shoreline and the lakeside meditation gardens we all love. Thank you for your patience and your generous monetary support.
The construction of the new landing is finished. The landing ties in nicely with the materials used on the Windmill Chapel. Sandstone rock encases the pillars and deck. A red brick veneer covers the floor and stair case with wrought iron railings surrounding the landing and stair case…quite grand!
The saints stress non-attachment so that one strong point of material attachment may not prevent our attaining the entire kingdom of God. Renunciation does not mean giving up everything; it means giving up small pleasures for eternal bliss.
— Paramahansa Yogananda
Thursday Evening Services
Thursday’s Inspirational Service begins at 8:00 pm and concludes at 9:00 pm. On the third Thursday of the month, the Minister conducts a question and answer known as a Satsanga. All questions have to be submitted one week prior to the service. Questions can be submitted either online or handwritten and left in the Temple lobby.
Friday & Sunday Evening Meditations
Friday’s meditation begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 9:30pm. On the first Friday of the month the first hour is a guided meditation. Sunday’s meditation begins at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30pm. New to meditation? click HERE to review the meditation guidelines.
Join us Friday’s at 2:00pm and Sunday’s at 3:00pm for a Temple tour and short meditation. Friday’s tour starts at the Lake level opposite the Gift Shop and Sunday’s begins by the Temple courtyard fountain, all are welcome. Please call and confirm a tour is being held.
Please help us preserve our meditative environment by observing the following:
- Quiet conversation
- Silence cellphones
- ADA service dogs only
- Modest attire and respectful behavior
- Children welcome, with adult supervision
Corona Virus Update
Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters has given a directive to temporarily close to the public, all ashram Centers in Southern California. This includes the Mt. Washington Grounds and Headquarter Buildings, Hollywood, Lake Shrine, and Encinitas. For Lake Shrine this includes, the temple, the meditation gardens and the retreat. This closure goes into effect Wednesday, March 18 and will remain until current public health challenges abate and conditions are considered safe for all guests, volunteers, and employees.
For daily inspiration, please stay connected with Lake Shrine via the Lake Shrine Facebook and Instagram pages.
For students of SRF, there are online study groups. Available to all are the online group meditations, which take place daily. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these meditative offerings, which can be accessed here
Online meditations and study groups:
Beginning to meditate:
For complete information, click HERE.
Saturday, June 27
10:00am – 2:00pm
On Saturday, February 22, Lake Shrine will hold a four-hour meditation in the main Temple Sanctuary. This meditation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. The gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and will close promptly at 10:30 a.m. Long meditations provide a unique opportunity for us to leave behind all responsibilities and to focus wholeheartedly on our search for God. We hope you can join us! Please click HERE for more information on four-hour meditations.
This event takes place at the main Temple: 17080 Sunset Blvd. Please park in the upper Temple lot.
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Lake Shrine Temple
This week at the Lake Shrine Temple: