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Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights

(4.7/5 based on 45 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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  • The founder of this temple is a well-known monk Hsing-Yung who comes from Taiwan. This temple provides many activities including regular budhists' meeting each Sunday, senior program, classes of budhi...  more »
  • I was very impressed to see this temple. It reminded of my travels to Southeast Asia. The main entry is majestic and the gardens were well manicured, the grounds were very clean. The view of the city ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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