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Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights

#145 of 459 in Historic Sites in California
Must see · Religious Site · Landmark
Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple (Chinese: 佛光山西來寺; pinyin: Fóguāngshān Xīlái Sì) is a mountain monastery in the northern Puente Hills, Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California. The name "Hsi Lai" means Coming West.

Hsi Lai Temple is a branch of 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.

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  • I am not religious, but consider myself to be very spiritual. I was totally lost in myself as I walked around the grounds here. I had politely declined the audio tour, as I like to look, see, read...  more »
  • Nice and huge temple. On the weekend many people come to the temple. Parking lots are always full. Parked on the street.  more »
  • Always a great place to visit. Very friendly and peaceful atmosphere. One of the nicest temples locally. Love the gift shop and variety of jewelry and teas available. This is a nice temple to learn and introduce self to the Buddha teachings and lifestyle. I have not had the vegetarian buffet but I have heard great things about how yummy it is!
  • I love this temple:) everyone here is so very kind and respectful. It is definitely a place of peace and tranquility. There is so much information, culture, and it is a beautiful location in general. The monks make vegan lunch every day, between certain hours, and it is very tasty. Definitely stop by, but please be respectful

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