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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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  • 洛杉矶来说还是不错的 值得一去,去吧,看看看看啊 静心好地方,寺庙洛杉矶好像不多,不二之选。 好像商业气氛也不会很浓。  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 »
  • This is a very beautiful temple, and just a great place to walk around and learn more about the religion. Weekends tend to be very busy so plan accordingly. They have pretty awesome Lunar New Year dec...  more »
  • Great place to visit. The visitor center provides you with audio for a self guided tour which was very informative and the staff is helpful. Will be returning for weekend meditations
  • Beautiful Buddhist temple. I felt completely at peace while there. It's a great place to visit in the morning because you can walk around in the shade.
  • Nice tranquility peaceful non-commercial atmosphere for devoted Buddhists and Non-Buddists alike
  • I went here twenty years ago and was very enlightened. I was given a tour with my class from APU by a beautiful old lady who opened my heart and eyes. Our lunch was delicious. I cant wait to revisit w my husband and son now. Ty
  • Such a good ppl and full of peace