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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  • Have been here several times when visiting the area, it never ceases to amaze me how spectacular both the building and the setting is, wish they didn't close at 5pm as I would love to watch the sunset...  more »
  • This was a pleasant surprise. Did not expect to see such a magnificent Buddhist temple in LA. One can feel the positive vibes here. The view from the temple is equally breathtaking.  more »
  • Situated high in the region the temple offers beautiful views. Kindness of the Chinese who lived in this region if we can try knowing some friends who lived in this region. Hacienda heights and a Haggard payable region mainly by Chinese. The Chinese community in this East Los Angeles meets in these sacred places, and exchange ideas, experiences and business opportunities also speak.
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  • 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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