The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Welcome to the official website of LOTUS. Explore LOTUS through two virtual tours:  a Custom Virtual Tour and The Google Tour. Have an introduction to the concepts behind LOTUS and the importance of interfaith cooperation in our world today. Read about the purpose of LOTUS and discover the beauty of the shrine through the virtual tours, video galleries, and slide shows, including the annotated “At a Glance” visual overview of historic photos. Learn about the founder of LOTUS, a pioneer in the interfaith movement. Discover the unique architecture and construction of LOTUS and recall the 1986 dedication ceremonies. Explore the faith traditions through scriptural quotes, photos, and sacred objects displayed in the All Faiths Hall of LOTUS. Find out about the LOTUS Center for All Faiths, visitor information, Integral Yoga links, and interfaith organization resources.

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LOTUS, the Ashram and the surrounding Yogaville community face a serious concern: A high-pressure natural gas pipeline to transport fracked gas from West Virginia to North Carolina is planned by Dominion Resources to cut across our county, Buckingham. The current plan shows that a powerful compressor station will be built within five miles of the Ashram. Learn more, please help.

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Swami Satchidananda

Swami Satchidananda

“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

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

“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

The Very Rev. James P Morton

The Very Rev. James P Morton

“Every human being under the sun is graciously welcome at the LOTUS.”

—The Very Rev. James P Morton, The Interfaith Center of New York

Rabbi Gelberman

Rabbi Gelberman

“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

Dr. Karan Singh

Dr. Karan Singh

“The LOTUS stands as a living monument to the interfaith ideals.”

—Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (India); International Chairman of the Temple of Understanding

Sun Bear

Sun Bear

“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

Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan

“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

Prabhasa Dharma

Prabhasa Dharma

“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

Br. David Steindl-Rast

Br. David Steindl-Rast

In the Self we are all one and yet each Self is unique and irreplaceable. Each spiritual tradition knows this great Self by a different name. The world we long to see is built on nonviolence, collaboration, and sharing. This is the message of the LOTUS.

~Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Co-founder, A Network for Grateful Living

To virtually tour the LOTUS on this site: Use the navigation wheel in the upper left to change perspective. Zoom with the + and - buttons. You can also drag on a track pad or scroll a mouse. Click on the arrows to follow available paths. After looking around the main sanctuary, pass through the glass door by double clicking on it. Traverse the gardens and fountains, and cross LOTUS Road to ascent the stairs leading to Chidambarum. Then, return to the LOTUS by turning around with the navigation wheel, or with two fingers on a trackpad, and proceed down the hill. Be sure to turn left to visit the exhibit in the exhibit hall. You can zoom in to see the exhibit photos. Then go across the courtyard to the gift shop, before progressing back to the lower level of the LOTUS to visit the All Faiths Hall and explore the sacred objects there in. 


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Our hearts are with the people of Nepal. We are offering prayers at all of our sacred sites - Guru Bhavan, LOTUS, Chidambaram, and Nataraja Shrine. The prayers of our global sangha unite our wishes for the healing and rebuilding of Nepal. OM Shanti

Photo of Nepalese women courtesy Time, Inc.
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There was a beautiful brush arbor reenactment on Saturday May 2nd attended by many Buckingham residents. Swami Priyaananda and Swami Dayananda represented Lotus Center for All Faiths. The church, built in 1867, was open for us to visit and pray. It was a blessing to be with our Baptist friends and to remember with them how this sacred place was used. The vibration of past of dedication and devotion is very strong.

The architectural historian of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dept. of Historic Resources in Richmond, VA, sent the message that the church and brush arbor mound "are eligible for historic designation on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places."

The congregation plan to restore this church either as a place of worship or museum. We pray for their success. (7 photos)
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Please join us for a brush arbor reenactment Saturday May 2, hosted by Historic Buckingham Incorporated and the Buckingham Afro American History and Life Society, which will take place at Alexander Hill Baptist Church at 3 p.m., at 1171 Jerusalem Church Road, northwest of Glenmore.

History about Alexander Hill Baptist Church:
"In 1865, Reverend Palmer and approximately 500 followers organized the Alexander Hill Baptist Church. The church was first constructed as a 'brush arbor,' and a mound of earth served as the preacher's pulpit. A 'brush arbor' is an outdoor shelter, often made from wooden poles, with branches or hay serving as a roof. The enslaved African American community used these temporary structures to protect worshippers from the elements when more permanent structures were unavailable or not permissible on a plantation. In 1867, the Alexander Hill church moved from this impermanent structure into a log building."

www.aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/14?tour=11&index=0#.VUPKw2RViko (3 photos)
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The Yogaville community gathered to celebrate Easter Sunday at Sivananda Satsang Hall on April 5th. Swami Jyotirmayananda and Swami Priyaananda offered a Puja to Lord Jesus. We gathered together with songs of Easter day and peace. Following the service the children enjoyed hunting eggs filled with sweet yet healthy treats. Thank you all who helped to make this such a special day. (5 photos) ...

Thank you to Prahaladan Mandelkorn and Ariel Lippman who conducted a beautiful Passover service at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville.

"The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation."

LOTUS Center for All Faiths

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover (2 photos)
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