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.

Satsang in the Transitional Temple

Thanksgiving satsang in the newly completed transitional Temple was filled with gratitude and Light. View the photo album.

Temple Update – Transitional temple near completion!

The Transitional Temple – Construction Continues

Construction of the transitional Temple structure continued over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, the arches and reinforcement beams were installed and the plastic sheet was cut into seven triangles to be used for the covering. This morning, the triangle coverings were attached to the arches, wrapping the dome structure in a translucent covering. View the photo album.

The Transitional Temple – Construction Begins!

On Friday, October 3, the materials arrived for the construction of a transitional structure to help protect the Temple foundation. This light dome is made of wood arches and will be covered with recycled greenhouse plastic. When the new Temple is built, this structure will be transformed into a greenhouse. Karma Yogis and Ashram residents of all ages came together to help unload the arches and lumber and to clean the plastic that will be used for the dome. On […]

Temple Update: Design Phase

The Temple platform is clear and we are now into the design phase! Part of this phase is building a temporary structure to protect the floor.

Temple Rap – Part II

Tanin Shunter, a karma yogi and conscious hip hop artist known as Kosmic T, was inspired to compose and perform a second rap for the Temple. He presented it on the Temple foundation on September 8, Gurudev Sivananda’s birthday – a day of gratitude and initiation.