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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  • they are non profit or they could charge big entrance fee; tv, tea, coffee, hot/cold water, books, paper, pens are free in the tea room retreat & around the ground - the food & drinks in the gift stor...  more »
  • Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple was pretty quiet when we visited recently. There are a ton of different buddha statues and Lady Buddha. If you see the big buddha with the little kids rub his belly for good lu...  more »
  • I've been to the orient a few times and always visited the Buddhist temples nearby for the same reason I'd visit a Gothic cathedral in Europe. Extraordinary architecture, statues and wonderful religio...  more »
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  • Special day on January 1st, 2018. Great people, great food, great facilities and a SPECIAL treat: Hsi Lai Temple orchestra playing in the Main Shrine 😊😊😊 Definitely the best way to start the New Year ☺☺☺ If you didn't visit this great place, it's a MUST to go😍😍😍
  • Come and see the relics of the Buddhist faith. This large temple is a beautiful place to worship and relax with your sanga.
  • Very great place. I visited it with my aunt. I prayed and say some words 3 times and took a small plastic ball with a note inside and the thing on that note was true about me
  • His Lai Temple I have been to this jewel of Southern California plenty of times. I found out about this temple from one of my customers. It is spectacular from an architectural point of view. The gardens and fountains are beautiful and peaceful. I enjoy walking up the steps and seeing the view from the top of the hill. The monks wear the traditional colorful robes and if you ask them they will gladly give you a blessing. The three golden statues in the main altar are amazing. I was lucky to be there on a day when they were having chants and songs. Underneath the main temple is a restaurant that serves tea and vegetarian food that is absolutely delicious. If you wonder around they even have a museum with an exquisite art collection. I hope that you give the time to visit this fascinating place.
  • It gives us a peaceful mind every time when we visit. It also has a very good Chinese style vegetarian lunch. If anyone like meditation, this is a good starting place.

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