Welcome to the official LOTUS website. We hope you will enjoy exploring the information on the philosophy behind the LOTUS and the importance of interfaith cooperation in our world today (see menu to the left under the heading, All Faiths). Read about the purpose of the LOTUS and discover the beauty of the shrine through the video clips and slide shows, including a brief "At a Glance" visual overview (see The LOTUS). Learn more about the founder of the LOTUS, a pioneer in the interfaith movement (see Founder). Explore the unique architecture and construction of the LOTUS, as well as the 1986 dedication ceremonies through two slide shows (see History). Explore the religious traditions contained within the LOTUS through scriptural quotes and photos from the All Faiths Hall displays (see World Faiths). Find information about the LOTUS Advisory Council, visitor information, Integral Yoga links and interfaith organization resources (see About Us). On each page: Click on any image on the right to see a larger version of that picture in a new window.
"I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same."
—H. H. the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
"Every human being under the sun is graciously welcome at the LOTUS."
—The Very Rev. James P Morton, The Interfaith Center of New York
"Words cannot express the uplifting feelings I have experienced in visiting this shrine. The LOTUS celebrates the unity of all faiths, the many paths but one God."
—Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, the New Synagogue; Founder and President, All Faiths Seminary International
"The LOTUS stands as a living monument to the interfaith ideals."
—Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (India); Internat’l Chairman of the Temple of Understanding
"I appreciate the LOTUS which promotes understanding among all people and among all religions. May we all come to the path of unity that will allow us to overcome the enemy of separation that is now trying to destroy all of the earth."
—Sun Bear, Founder and Medicine Chief of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society
"The LOTUS is a ‘Statue of Spirituality’ equal to the Statue of Liberty. It unites spirituality into the reality of the Oneness of God and Light and gives everybody unity in diversity."
—Yogi Bhajan, Sikh Dharma Chief Religious and Administrative Authority for the Western Hemisphere
"The LOTUS is a visual testimony to interfaith understanding and stands as a beacon of Truth and Peace."
—The Venerable Prabhasa Dharma, Founder of the International Zen Center; 45th generational heir of the Vietnamese Lam Te (Rinzai) Zen Lineage
"The LOTUS was built to address the challenge of the hour: for us to work together in the formation of a global spirituality that will make us realize that we are all one and the welfare of any one lies in the well-being of us all."
—Father Basil Pennington, OCSO, Abbot of the Cistercian Monastery
"More people have died in the name of God and religion than in all the wars and natural calamities. But, the real purpose of any religion is to educate us about our spiritual unity. It is time for us to recognize that there is one truth and many approaches. The basic cause for all the world problems is the lack of understanding of our spiritual unity. The need of the hour is to know, respect, love one another and to live as one global family. Our humble aim in building the LOTUS is to spread this message."
—H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of LOTUS