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Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights

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Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple is a mountain monastery in the northern Puente Hills, Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California. The name "Hsi Lai" means Coming WestHsi Lai Temple is affiliated with Fo Guang Shan, a Buddhist organization from Taiwan. It is the order's first overseas branch temple, and serves as the North American regional headquarters for Fo Guang Shan. Hsi Lai Temple was the site of the founding of Buddha's Light International Association, established in 1991. The temple, like its mother temple in Taiwan, practices Humanistic Buddhism.HistoryIn 1976, Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the order, represented a Buddhist group from Taiwan to participate in America's bicentennial celebration. Master Hsing Yun was asked by American friends to build a monastery in the United States. Therefore, Fo Guang Shan asked the Venerable Tzu Chuang (who, upon the inception of the temple, became the founding and first abbess of Hsi Lai Temple) and Yi Heng to plan and organize the construction of the temple in the Greater Los Angeles area. It was officially registered under the name of International Buddhist Progress Society. Until the temple was complete, Ven. Tzu Chuang bought an old church building, which was to be Hsi Lai's temporary headquarters. The original temple, located in the city of Maywood was called the Bai Ta (White Pagoda) Temple.
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  • I have been regularly going to this place in the last few years. Overall I have quite good experience every time I visit this place, which gives me peaceful of mind. The parking can be trouble sometim...  more »
  • Its location is just high enough for a breathtaking view of the San Gabriel Valley. But, a very unique aspect, it is so "Serene" and a very Peaceful. The art work and pristine landscaping is truly awe...  more »
  • We had some background on Buddhism from travels in Asia but this was overwhelming. To top it off, we went at the Chinese New Year when it felt like all of the Chinese people in Southern California wer...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful pieces of Asian Architecture in SoCal, very beautiful place. Lots to learn about anyone can go regardless of religion, all the people here are very respectful. I do not see how anyone can give this place a lower then 5 star rating. It is a place of worship, a place of tranquility, and a place of beauty. Really encouraging anyone to take a trip down and just experience the amazing culture and traditions.
  • This place is so peaceful and you can feel the calm streaming through your body. Beautiful!
  • The Lunar New Year celebration is something else! The energy is jubilant, the volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. The decorations are spectacular. The temple itself is awesome to see as well. They have lots of activities to do around the place - praying to the Buddha, a wishing tree, throwing coins, art galleries, calligraphy, hitting a bell... Your standard New Years celebration :) most things are free, but what things you do pay for (like a box lunch, or souvenirs) are very reasonable, and all proceeds go back to the temple. This year they had a shuttle service running from the Azusa mall to help alleviate parking, it was very convenient.
  • Beautiful place and views. Nice cafe inside with lotus tea!
  • Beautiful temple. Nice layout and lots of stairs and walkable. We were there on a Chinese new year day, so its super crowded and cant drive up to the temple. Would love to go back.