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Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights

#153 of 259 in Historic Sites in California
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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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  • This place brings so much positive energy. The building mimics the forbidden palace in China with the style of Chinese Ching Dynasty design. There is a front shrine (They called it "Bodhisattva Hall")...  more »
  • Came here with the parents as they are devouted Buddhists. I must say that if you are in the area, this place is definitely worth visiting. Indeed a very educational experience, not to mention that th...  more »
  • This temple is situated in middle of smalls hills and the view from here is amazing. The quiet of this place and the energy infuse energy and positivity in your body. There a large meditation/ prayer ...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • I have visited this Temple many times. It is always a pleasure. Beautiful Temple!!!
  • 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.

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