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


Sunday Parking

Parking is available in our Temple lot and at the lower Lake level.  Additional parking can be found at the Waldorf School just 100 yards west of our main entrance on Sunset.  Please do not park in the neighboring dirt lots or on private property, as you may be towed at your own expense.

Weekly Announcements

Weekly announcements as read at Sunday services.

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Upcoming Events & Dates

News & Inspiration

Easter Sunday, April 5th.

christEaster Sunday April 05 is the most heavily attended day at The Lake Shrine. We are expecting 1,000 people at the 11:00 a.m. Service. A performance by the Easter Choir and light refreshments are included after both services.  Here are a few suggestions to make your Easter Sunday even more enjoyable.

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Inner Reflections

Web 1When you are calm, you feel the whole universe of happiness rocking gently beneath your consciouness. That happiness is God.


- Paramahansa Yogananda

How My Guru Called Me

ParamahansaYoganandaLakeShrineI first arrived in America in 1997. I came to visit Graceland in Memphis for the 20thanniversary of Elvis Presley's death. After Memphis I went by plane to Hawaii, stopping for one day in Los Angeles. I wanted to visit Lake Shrine — the only place where Elvis said he could relax. To find a way to this place was very difficult for me because I spoke no English. After a long bus ride, I arrived and stood in front of a wonderful white and gold Temple.

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