Self-Realization Fellowship - Lake Shrine Temple

The Lake Shrine Retreat

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


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 (pictured at the left) 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.

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Lake Shrine Slide Show

Lake Shrine Slide Show


Temple Closure

As we enter the closing phase of the Windmill Chapel restoration project, we see a need to maximize volunteer and staff resources. So beginning May 1st, the Temple and Temple parking lot will be closed Tuesday through Saturday. (Lake Grounds will remain open).

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Sunday Parking

The City of Los Angeles has installed a median barrier at the entrance to the Temple to prevent dangerous and illegal turns across Sunset Boulevard. Barriers have also been placed at the Temple exit to discourage illegal left turns.Visitors needing to make left turns into or out of the Temple entrance are encouraged to use safe alternative routes.

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Weekly Announcements

Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.

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News & Inspiration

Mothers and Others Boutique

The Lake Shrine Artisans welcome you to our Mothers and Others BoutiqueSunday, May 3rd, 2015.  Find one of a kind handmade gifts for Mother's Day or other occasions.

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Sri Yukteswar Birthday Commemoration

A special commemorative service will be held on Sunday, May 10th at 8:00 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 bring a flower and a devotional offering in an envelope.

Inner Reflections

Establish in yourself a temple of beauty and peace; there you find God, on the altar of your soul.


- Paramahansa Yogananda