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Flight of the Light: a temple journey begins

The first pieces of the Temple have arrived at the Ashram! The glulam structural beams and shear wall panels were loaded onto a truck and shipped across Kootenay Lake on the ferry. The parts were carefully unloaded to a temporary staging area where they will remain until the structure is ready be assembled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the panels which form the petals continue to be fabricated at Spearhead and will be shipped over as they are ready.

Temple Starting to Take Shape

These photos provide a unique perspective of the emerging form of the new Temple of Light. The foundation is being laid for the annex (left) which is where the entrance is located. Work is being done to the original foundation (right) to prepare for the installation structural components in the coming weeks.

Perspectives on the Temple of Light

Luke Stern, Manager of Design Research at Patkau Architects, sheds some light on the cutting edge techniques used to design and construct the Temple of Light. He explains how unconventional design tools are informing the digital fabrication process to create this geometrically complex structure.

 Raising $1,000,000 for the Temple

Shaun Alsford and Sandra Vandenhoff from Calgary are using our new fundraising platform to raise one million dollars to support the rebuilding of Yasodhara Ashram’s Temple of Divine Light. How are they doing this? One small step at a time. “It seems ludicrous in some respects,” says Shaun, “but there’s a part of me that thinks we can do this and it will work and by keeping the suggested donation small – only three dollars – everyone can participate.” After […]

Temple Update: Spearhead Visit

Swami Lalitananda and Swami Sivananda recently visited Spearhead where the structural components of the Temple are being fabricated. Spearhead’s Geoff Watts provides an overview of the techniques used to construct the uniquely shaped petals.

Temple Update: Preparing for the New

Swami Lalitananda tours the Temple construction site, providing an overview of the recently cleared area and highlighting the foundational work that is currently underway.

Temple Update: Clearing Space for the New Temple of Light

Lots of activity has been happening at the Ashram to make way for the new Temple of Light. The annex building of the original Temple has been taken down and the ground has been cleared so that construction can begin.

Taking Down the Transitional Temple

The transitional Temple was dismantled thanks to the helping hands of many karma yogis and the guidance of Sylvan and Gita, who designed and constructed the structure. The beams and arches were loaded onto a flatbed truck which is taking the transitional Temple to its new home at Wilderness Resort & Retreat where it will be used as a special events space.

Temple Update: Entering a New Phase

Yasodhara Ashram President Swami Lalitananda has some exciting news to share about the new Temple of Light!

Goodbye Transitional Temple

On Wednesday August 17th, 2016 we held a special ceremony in the Transitional Temple to bid farewell to the structure which has served as our temporary Temple for nearly two years. Flowers and words of gratitude were offered and we were treated to several dance performances. We ended by sending lots of light to the new Temple and its construction, which begins on-site next week!