Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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Daily Advisories

Saturday, May 25

Dear Lake Shrine guests, due to two ceremonies being held in the Windmill Chapel on Saturday, May 25 the Windmill Chapel will be closed from 10 am – 2:30 pm. Additionally, Lake parking will be restricted. Parking is available on Palisades Drive, east of the Lake entrance.

Discover Lake Shrine Month, June 2019

Bring family and friends to Lake Shrine Temple this June to discover the wealth of treasures available at Lake Shrine. Lake Shrine will be offering special receptions, slideshows, and other interactive opportunities designed to share Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual oasis with newcomers and seasoned visitors alike. Please visit for event details.

New Lake Shrine Hours

Dear Guests, as of Tuesday, March 5 2019 the Lake Shrine will have a new opening hour: 10 am Tuesday – Saturday. To help us move forward with our shoreline restoration project we find it necessary to change our opening hours. Opening one hour later will provide our maintenance and garden crews more time to complete tasks.

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday Noon – 4:30 pm

Shoreline Project Update

The first stage of the Lake shoreline project has been completed. All the tiers are in place, back filled with granite rock and a rich top soil added. The tiers have been painted and the ivy planted will eventually conceal the structure.

Daily I will seek happiness more and more within my mind, and less and less through material pleasures.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

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.

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.

Temple Tours

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.

Beginner’s Meditation

New to meditation? join us in our Windmill Chapel, Lake Level, Wednesday’s at 12:00pm – 12:30pm for a Monastic guided meditation. All are welcome.


Meditation benches overlooking the lake, across from the Windmill Chapel

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

Read our Visitor Guidelines


Paramahansa Yogananda's Picture with Prasad on India Night 2015

Discover Month at Lake Shrine

Discover Lake Shrine

This June, Lake Shrine will be offering a Discover Lake Shrine Month, designed to provide casual visitors with a chance to discover the wealth of spiritual treasures Lake Shrine offers. Many of the regular monthly events will be enhanced and expanded. Slideshows and receptions with hosts and monastics will provide opportunities, at both the Lake and Temple levels, for people to ask questions and get acquainted with Lake Shrine and with Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. 

Click HERE for a detailed description of all the events taking place this June at Lake Shrine. 

Two Swans Facing Each Other

Four-Hour Meditation

Saturday, June 29

10:00am – 2:00pm

On Saturday, June 29, 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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Teach me to drink the everlasting nectar of joy found in the fountain of meditation.