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Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights

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4.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • If you have at least an hour to spare, definitely visit this little gem. It's a gorgeous temple and fun to come and immerse yourself in the culture. Parking is free and plentiful (usually) and so is v...  read more »
  • The view from the temple steps is amazing. You feel like you are not in California. The grounds are impeccably maintained. Definitely worth a visit 
  • I go here regularly. Everyone is accepting, friendly and informative so if you don't know what you are doing don't worry there will be someone around to help. The temple itself is beautiful 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • So I came here for the buffet. At 2:25 I arrived and they close at 2:30. I arrived with two other people before closing time who where looking through the closed door of the buffet that was closed at 2:25. It was not even 2:30 yet and so the lady at the door let the two Asians inside the buffet and they didn't let me in to go eat. This is a complete contradiction to the Buddhism religion. In fact Buddhism is a slave religion like that of the Abrahamists. They go there and get on their knees to an imaginary God like religious nuts of Christianity and Islam and judaism. It's unfortunate the best alternative religion to the worst religions is just as fake. So if you aren't special enough they won't let you in to eat. So I guess I'll leave this here and probably never go to this church again. What they do here basically is feed off the donations and their B rated 2 hours open restaurant. Buddhism like all other mythos religions do not benefit humanity in any way. All they do is mysticise and hinder human evolution. I'll let someone there know about this. But it's not like they're professional in any way here. Either way. All religions are facing their end times because they're useless. And the only true secret religion of the illuminati will bring true enlightenment to the world. Illuminism>Buddhism RIP Buddha.
  • Must go to place. Huge place with lots of people. Great place to go to especially during chinese new year. Chinese new year is the best time to go but it also is the busiest time to go
  • Beautiful place with great energy. They seem to be very active in the community. I wouldn't recommend the vegetarian buffet on weekdays, though. The price is $8, that's nearly $9 after tax, and there were only 5 dishes and a pumpkin soup option when I went there on a Tuesday.
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