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“Best quiet spot in LA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Shrine Temple and Retreat

Lake Shrine Temple and Retreat
17190 Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, CA CA 90272
+1 (0) 310 454 4114
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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best quiet spot in LA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I am so thankful to the person who introduced me to this place. You will never believe what an incredibly contemplative place it is. There are words of widsom from various religious traditions all around. I didn't even want to disrupt the quiet with pictures. This is a must-visit location if you appreciate finding quiet in busy cities.

Visited July 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Meditate,reflect & relax.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The Lake Shrine has always been a personal favorite place for me.It's really a meditative,relaxing place to be still or walk quietly and reflect on life.Or nothing.Or ducks.There are beautiful gardens,a serene lake and little chapel-all great for meditation.
It's so peaceful here-I have come here with friends but once you get here you just want to relax.It's not a place for chatting or cell phones- I have not experienced that here.
They do have classes and events for self realization/meditation.
I love it here.

Visited September 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Peaceful respite ... food for your soul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

We are local to Los Angeles (Orange County) and make it a point to drive up and visit the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, at least quarterly. It's a lovely, lovely hour or two of reverence and reflection and genuine serenity. We'll generally drive up PCH... you turn right onto Sunset just across from Gladstones. It's just blocks up Sunset, easy to miss. Parking and admission are free. There are clean restrooms near the beginning. We walk all the way around the Lake, which is a nice gentle walk of less than an hour (looks way more demanding than it is -- don't hesitate if you are not athletic). There are statues, beautiful flower plantings and various chapels and shrines and benches along the way. Lots to look at-- swans, turtles, koi, flowers... or you can just sit and look at nothing and fill your heart. It's beautiful, soulful and more than a bit romantic. No food, no real shopping, no amusements, no crowds when you go late day (closes 4pm). Pictures are always gorgeous, and sometimes we leave there and go catch sunset in Venice or cocktails at Gladstones. Really a treasure---let's don't tell too many people!

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Northridge, Ca
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“Beautiful Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I stopped by here after visiting the Getty Villa and I have to say it is breathtaking. A beautiful oasis the lake and gardens are very well kept up the turtles are beautiful the little boat and Dutch windmill picturesque. It is the perfect place for anyone of any religion to come and reflect on the greatness of God or just to meditate or do yoga. We went on a Sunday and the parking lot is very small but we were lucky to get a space. I suggest going early because of this it's so beautiful here and peaceful.

Visited August 2012
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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“Calming and Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Its unusual to find such a peaceful place to contemplate, especially near a busy city and freeway in LA. Don't forget your camera because here you will find lovely gardens to view, benches to sit on, sea life (turtles and fish) to enjoy and water features to soften the surrounding sounds. A perfect spot to meditate if you are so moved. One could spend as little as 10 minutes or as long as a few hours here. If you bring children, please remind them of what the garden is intended for. When we were there, there were children running around and yelling to each other and that took away from our experience.

There is a chapel, small library and store on site. It is easy to find with a GPS, free to enter and park.

Visited October 2012
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