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Temple Update: Concept for New Temple of Light

Bringing the concept for the new Temple of Light to the building site.  What will the concept look like on the site?

Temple of Light and Lineage

After the Temple fire one year ago, I felt at first a deep grief, a numbness that said, “Is this true – has it really happened?” And yet with every tragedy there is an experience of opening, a realization that there is something more behind the scenes that I just get a glimpse of… perhaps “awe” is the best word to describe it. The fire showed us our strength as a spiritual community. We reached out to each other, and […]

Temple Update: Inside and Out

At the beginning of March, the Temple design hub went on a field trip to Vancouver to meet at the offices of Patkau Architects to discuss the conceptual design of the Temple’s auxiliary outer building and surrounding land use. We looked at the practical functions of reception and service spaces. The Temple needs washrooms, storage, flower arranging and altar supply space, a coat room. But we also asked ourselves, what is important about how we approach the Temple? How does […]

Temple Update: The Lotus Rises…

For the past two months, Patkau Architects have been exploring conceptual design possibilities for the new Temple of Light. Guiding their work is the idea of luminosity. We were thrilled when they told us their intention was to “use light as the primary building material.” The image of a lotus has arisen as especially meaningful in this process. The organic elements of bud and petal, plus the symbolism of the lotus opening to the light, have led to inspiring blossom-like […]

Waiting for The Temple to Arrive…

In the eight months since the Temple fire, the Ashram has been preparing to rebuild and re-dream a new Temple of Light. Here, Swami Lalitananda responds to what it feels like to start again.

Temple Past & Future

The Ashram is now preparing for the redesign and rebuild of the Temple of Light. The planning phases for the Temple rebuild will span 2015, with hopes to have the Temple under construction and completed in 2016. In the meantime, we have the beautiful transitional temple to inspire us! In this video Swami Radhananda visits the transitional temple and talks about the Temple past and future.

Temple Design Update: The First Meeting

We recently welcomed Patricia and John Patkau of Patkau Architects at the Ashram for three days, to begin the conceptual design process for the next Temple of Light. They toured the Ashram and gathered as much information as they could ­– everything from our hopes and dreams of a sacred space to practical needs (a cleaning closet!) to topographical maps. The Patkaus’ non-linear approach and willingness to work with our unique community created a harmonious meeting of minds and hearts. […]

And Now Begins… the New Temple of Light!

Yasodhara Ashram is delighted to announce that we have chosen Patkau Architects of Vancouver to create the conceptual design for the new Temple of Light. “Patkau is attuned to the symbolism of the Temple as an expression of Light through form and has a wealth of experience to help us achieve it,” says Swami Lalitananda. Principals Patricia and John Patkau responded enthusiastically to the news: “We feel a real connection to what your community aspires to, and we are very […]

Temple Update: An interview Gitta & Sylvan

In October karma yogis and Ashram residents co-created the transitional Temple with a pair of local builders, Gitta Ridder and Sylvan Dempster. Not satisfied with straw and tarps to cover the foundation over winter, they generated the idea of a wooden dome covered in plastic that would protect the base and later could be moved and transformed to a greenhouse. During the building process, Gitta and Sylvan reflected on their interest in being involved.

Transitional Temple Build Time-Lapse

A time-lapse of the Transitional Temple being constructed at Yasodhara Ashram in October 2014.