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“Culture, community, and Chan (Zen)”
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Hsi Lai Temple
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Hsi Lai Temple encompasses 15 acres and a floor area of 102,432 square feet. The temple's Ming (1268-1644 C. E.) and Ching (1644-1911 C.E.) dynasty architecture is faithful to the traditional style of buildings, gardens and statuary of traditional ancient Chinese monasteries. Hsi Lai means "coming to the West" and signifies the dedication of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order to spread the teachings of the Buddha to those in the West. The International Buddhist Progress Society, a nonprofit organization, is the chartered name for the temple. Hsi Lai Temple was built to serve as a spiritual and cultural center for those interested in learning more about Buddhism and the Chinese culture. It is the idea of Venerable Master Hsing Yun to propagate "Humanistic Buddhism" and to create a Pure Land here on earth. Hsi Lai Temple is built to fulfill these goals in the United States. The temple's objectives are to nurture Buddhist missionaries through education, to propagate Buddhism through cultural activities, to benefit society through charitable programs, and to edify the populace through Buddhist practices. Please visit our website for more details about visiting and booking tours if needed.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed December 17, 2013

A short drive from anywhere in the greater Los Angeles this hidden gem is the perfect place to spend an afternoon! Weather you are interested in learning more about Buddhism, Chinese culture, or simply searching for a brief escape from the city Hsi Lai Temple has something for everyone. The architecture is reminiscent of that found in the Forbidden City in Bejing China, with beautiful gardens to gaze at, a courtyard for photo ops. and an awe inspiring main shrine. Be sure to bring your appetite and arrive between the hours of 11:30-1:30 to feast on the delicious vegetarian buffet, or stop by the tea room any time for refreshments and a sweet snack. The temple is open to visitors seven days a week without notice or reservation, if you want the full experience join a free tour offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For the latest information refer to their comprehensive website where you can find a calendar of events including classes in meditation and basic Buddhist concepts. As you can see from my other reviews, I have traveled to several Countries in Asia, visit this Temple and you will feel as if you are in another world without having to endure the long flight or expense. ENJOY!

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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

One best temples in america and in my own back yard the people are always friendly and the monks solemnly. Best place to give your peayers to the real religion of peace not pieces.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

This is apparently north America largest Buddhist temple.

Very majestic. Had the lunch buffet and must say that the selection was excellent. This is a vegetarian reaturant.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

A must see! This is off the beaten path but beware the places closes at 5PM daily! I don't know where to start! A co-worker from that migrated from Hong Kong told me this is the largest Buddhist Temple in the North America however the internet argues the Western Hemisphere. When I have guest in town and if they have a flexible schedule and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA I take them here. It is amazing. They have tours, classes, food and plenty of things to see, read and take pictures. You must bring good walking shoes and don't wear shorts out of respect. Donations are accepted. The crowd is mainly Chinese. My wife is Chinese and she is very impressed with this Temple. I would do your research on the website before coming and take advantage of the tour. They have volunteer tour guides that are American and Chinese/Taiwanese. Bring your camera and bottle of water! Parking is free. The views are amazing from the parking lot or outside the front steps.

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Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile
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