Lake Shrine Today
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.
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
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.
Lahiri Mahasaya’s Mahasamadhi Commemoration
Thursday, September 26
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.
Lahiri Mahasaya’s Birthday Commemoration
Monday, September 30
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.
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.
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