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


Saturday July 4th

The Lake Shrine Temple and grounds will be closed Saturday July 4th in celebration of America's Independence. Please join us on Sunday July 5th for our 9:00 am and 11:00 am inspirational services.

Around the Lake

Would you like to stay informed about upcoming Lake Shrine events, activities, and special retreats? Please use the link below to sign up for the "Around the Lake" Newsletter.

Around the Lake


Temple Hours

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.

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Weekly Announcements

Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.

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News & Inspiration

Awake Screening

A special screening of AWAKE to celebrate
International day of Yoga. As part of the commemorative events, Self-Realization Fellowship and CounterPoint Films will be hosting a special screening of AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda.

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Inner Reflections

More confining than stone walls are the prison bars of habit. You carry this invisible prison with you wherever you go. But you can be free! Determine now to break out of the jail of habits and race to freedom.

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Introduction to Meditation

Sunday, June 28th please join us for an introductory class on meditation. The session will be held in the special events room, Temple level. Class begins at 12:30 pm.