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Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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Lake Shrine
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/J Jakobson

Time Out says

Meditation gardens open Wednesday through Sunday with free reservations.

Just inland from the Pacific Coast Highway and easy to miss when you're rushing to catch the sunset, the mystical, mysterious Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is run by a non-denominational order that welcomes visitors but doesn't proselytise to them. Set on a ten-acre site that was used as a film set during the silent era, the lovely gardens evoke old Hollywood: look out for the Dutch windmill chapel, the Mississippi houseboat and a number of gliding swans. The East, meanwhile, is represented by a gilded lotus gate enclosing a shrine that contains some of Gandhi's ashes.


17190 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles
Cross street:
at Pacific Coast Highway
Opening hours:
Wed–Sun noon–4pm
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