Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Lake Shrine Today

Daily Advisories

Windmill Chapel Meditations

New to meditation? join us in our Windmill Chapel, Lake Level on Wednesdays at 12 – 12:30 pm for a beginners’ meditation or Sundays from 2 – 2:30 pm  for a guided meditation. All are welcome.

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

Phase III  The shoreline to the Court of Religions is complete. See above image.

Work has now begun at the base of the Christ Falls. See above image

Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.

— 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.

 

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

Events

Paramahansa Yogananda's Picture with Prasad on India Night 2015

6th Annual World Peace Sunday

Sunday, September 21

World Peace Sunday will feature a dove release and be the start of a series of tributes reflecting upon the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Sunday service will focus on building a more peaceful world filled with brotherhood and unity.  After the 11am service there will be a special offering of prayers and a release of white doves to symbolize our commitment to living in harmony with all humankind. The dove release ceremony will be held on the Court of Religions and will include an invocation of OM. 

Two Swans Facing Each Other

Lahiri Mahasaya’s Mahasamadhi Commemoration

Thursday, September 26 

8:00pm 

Lahiri Mahasaya’s Mahasamadhi commemoration service will be held on Thursday, September 26, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the main Temple Sanctuary.  It is traditional to bring a flower, symbolizing devotion, and an offering in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty to the Guru and his teachings. All are welcome to join us on this sacred occasion. 

Two Swans Facing Each Other

Lahiri Mahasaya’s Birthday Commemoration

Monday, September 30

8:00pm

Lahiri Mahasaya’s Birthday commemoration service will be held on Monday, September 30, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the main Temple Sanctuary. It is traditional to bring a flower, symbolizing devotion, and an offering in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty to the Guru and his teachings. All are welcome to join us on this sacred occasion. 

Two Swans Facing Each Other

Four-Hour Meditation

Saturday, October 19

10:00am – 2:00pm

On Saturday, October 19, 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. 

Current Traffic

Click on the "..." menu to select the traffic layer options.

Lake Shrine Temple

This week at the Lake Shrine Temple:

View Larger Calendar

Today I will worship God in deep silence and wait to hear His answer through my increasing peace of meditation.