The Pavilion of Gratitude (formerly known as the Memorial Garden) at Ananda Village is now a reality. It has an artfully poured and stamped concrete pad as its base and beautifully crafted steel beams and cupola forming the open air temple on top of it. The morning it was erected, July 31, 2018, felt blessed with a group of 20 or more people joining in to help put it up. View the videos of these events.
Videos of the cement pour and Pavilion installation:
The Vision & History about the Pavilion site
The Ananda Pavilion of Gratitude is meant to be a reflection of our spiritual path of Self-realization and of the understanding that Paramhansa Yogananda has given us about the transition from life with a physical body to life without one. This transition is part of "the soul's long journey through time and space."
As a reflection of this understanding, the Pavilion is a place of spiritual upliftment, of gratitude and remembrance, and of meditation and prayer. It is a place to reflect on and remember the truth of our own deepest reality: That we are souls that are part of the all-pervading, ever-existing Divine consciousness.
The Pavilion of Gratitude is situated in a “forest garden” that includes a beautiful area of oak trees and a view of Lotus Lake. The open air Pavilion will include benches and an altar. The Garden will be a place for gratitude and remembrance, meditation and memorial services.
We hope you will enjoy it when you are at Ananda Village.
History about the Memorial Site
The Pavilion of Gratitude site was blessed in 1993 by Swami Kriyananda during a large event at Ananda Village called the Pilgrimage to Joy. At that time this site was designated for a Chapel of Divine Inspiration which wasn’t able to be built then. Now, 25 years later, we are able to enjoy the wonderful blessings of this site through the Pavilion of Gratitude.