Lake Shrine Temple & Retreat

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    The grounds are open by reservation only.

    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 natural spring-fed lake, includes:

    • The Court of Religions honoring the five principal religions of the world

    • The Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial (where a portion of Gandhi’s ashes is enshrined)

    • A small museum with exhibits on Paramahansa Yogananda’s work

    • A gift shop with SRF publications as well as arts and crafts from India

    The hilltop temple overlooking the lake was opened in 1996. The Lake Shrine Retreat, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, offers members and friends an opportunity for spiritual renewal.


    The grounds are open by reservation only.

    SRF Lake Shrine Temple
    17190 Sunset Blvd.
    Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

    (310) 454-4114

    SRF Lake Shrine Retreat
    (310) 459-4740


    SRF Lake Shrine
    17190 Sunset Blvd.
    Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

    By freeway from downtown Los Angeles

    • Take the Santa Monica Fwy. 10 west to where it turns into the Pacific Coast Hwy. 1.

    • Continue for 4 miles then turn right onto Sunset Blvd.

    • Lake Shrine is 0.25 mile on the right.

    By surface streets from downtown Los Angeles and SRF Hollywood Temple

    • Take Sunset Blvd. west (approximately 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles or 20 miles from the SRF Hollywood Temple).

    • Lake Shrine is on the left, 0.25 mile before Sunset Blvd. ends at Pacific Coast Hwy. 1.

    By freeway from Mother Center (Mt. Washington)

    • Return to Fwy. 110 south toward downtown Los Angeles (see directions to the Mother Center).

    • At the downtown freeway interchange, keep left onto the Harbor Fwy. 110 south.

    • Take the Santa Monica Fwy. 10 west and proceed as indicated in “By freeway from downtown Los Angeles.”

    By bus from downtown Los Angeles or Hollywood

    We suggest you call the public transportation companies for the latest information on your planned routes. Please refer to Public Transportation Services for phone numbers.

    Public Transportation Services

    Listed here for your convenience are transportation services in the Southern California cities where SelfRealization Fellowship Temples, Retreats, and Ashram Centers are located.

    NOTE: Self-Realization Fellowship is not able to provide transportation services to or from the temples and ashram centers, or between transportation terminals and hotels/motels. However, visitors traveling to the Mother Center by public transportation can arrange to be picked up by car at the base of Mt. Washington, as indicated under the heading “By Bus or Metro…” on page 6. Please refer to that section for details.



    2627 North Hollywood Way

    (818) 840-8847

    Los Angeles International


    (310) 646-5252

    San Diego International

    Lindbergh Field, Harbor Drive

    (619) 231-5220

    Transportation From Airport

    Both bus and limousine services are available to and from Los Angeles International, Burbank, and San Diego International Airports. At Los Angeles International Airport, all airline terminals are served by airport shuttle services, which transport passengers at frequent intervals to Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Glendale, and other areas. Please check at your airline terminal for schedules of departures, destinations, and fees.

    Inter-City Bus Line

    Greyhound Lines, Inc. has a toll-free telephone number that connects to its central, nationwide information center for schedules, reservations, and fares. The number is: (800) 231-2222 or visit

    Greyhound Bus Stations:

    Escondido 700 W. Valley Pkwy. (760) 745-6522

    Hollywood 1409 N. Vine St. (323) 466-6384

    Los Angeles 1716 E. 7th St. (213) 629-8401

    Oceanside 205 S. Tremont St. (760) 722-1587

    San Diego 120 W. Broadway (619) 515-1100

    City Bus Lines / Metro Line

    Los Angeles County

    Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) (323) GO METRO (466-3876),

    San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (619) 685-4900,

    Santa Monica Municipal Bus Line (310) 451-5444

    North San Diego County Transit District, Oceanside Transit Center, 195 S. Tremont St., operates city bus lines in Oceanside, Escondido, and other cities in North San Diego County as well as inter-city lines throughout much of North County

    Train Stations

    Amtrak nationwide information, reservations, and fares: (800) 872-7245 or visit

    Amtrak Train Stations:

    Solana Beach 105 N. Cedros Ave. (619) 259-2697

    Fullerton 120 E. Santa Fe Ave. (714) 992-0530

    Los Angeles 800 N. Alameda St. (213) 346-9404

    Oceanside 235 S. Tremont St. (760) 722-4622

    San Diego 1050 Kettner Blvd. (619) 239-9021