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Hsi Lai Temple
Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple

9.127 reviews
Sights and Museums, Religious Center, Temple, Landmark
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3456 Glenmark Dr, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 961-9697
http://www.hsilai.org/
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One place I never knew about until I did. Went and really learned and took in all the temple had to offer. Have been back many time since.

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I grew up around this place, so there might be a slight bias. I would highly recommend exploring this place if you have not done so. It definitely can seem a bit touristy, but it is a nice venue and the people are friendly. This is currently the largest Chinese Buddhist temple in North America, as far as I know. They have a very helpful information desk, so feel free to ask about anything.

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San Diego, California

Here is one of the Most Beautiful Temples I seen !! It gives you the feel of if you are in China !! I enjoyed the View of Temple. I shall return again and enjoy this Beautiful Temple !!

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Local from La Habra, California

The whole temple is so beautiful! I bussed and walked for half an hour, drenched in sweat but it was all worth it for the serenity and peaceful energy despite the crowd to enter.

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Local from West Covina, California

A very spiritual place to experience. Very nice, peaceful and full of life. Friendly monks and staff.

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Chino, California, USA

One place I never knew about until I did. Went and really learned and took in all the temple had to offer. Have been back many time since.

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
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This isn't really a tourist destination, but if you're curious about the teachings of Buddhism and want to have a moment of tranquility on your trip, I recommend a trip here to talk to the teachers here. You can also pray to the Buddhas here and read about some of them (some of the statues have placards that explain who they are). Note that there's no photography inside the parts of the temple where people pray (please respect Buddha and for the loved ones who have their names placed inside the places of prayer), but you can take photos of the grounds and of the other statues located around the property. There are stunning views from the parking lot too. Warning: it gets crowded on weekends, so you may want to find parking along the neighborhood streets if you arrive in the afternoon.

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Stockton

Beautiful temple in Hacienda Heights, very quiet with amazing scenery, not only of the temple but of the city.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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Stunning Buddhist temple in diamond bar area . This place gets packed when Chinese holidays like Chinese New Year or autumn moon festival happen. It's one of the most famous and popular temples that mange Buddhists come to pray at. The upkeep and architecture of this temple is detailed and one of a kind.

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Some where you can sit quietly for hours and hours. Some where you can find inner peace. Please do remember wear appropriate cloth. Nothing too short too exposed to show respect.

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Local from West Covina

Great place to come to check out. If you're into temples, this place is a must. This is also great to come by during the Lunar New Year!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the biggest Buddhist temple in the U.S. It is more than just a temple, is almost like a landmark. Nice structure and in a hill location.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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This is the largest Buddhist monastery and temple complex in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors are welcome. Self-guided tours are available. The architecture is faithful to the traditional style of buildings, gardens and statuary of ancient Chinese monasteries. The grounds include a small museum, part of which contains periodically changed displays of Chinese art. The museum's permanent exhibits include a display of Chinese micro carvings, viewed through magnifying glasses.

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Local from Cerritos, California, USA

Magnificent. Serene. Tranquil. Astonishing.

Superlatives fail to do justice in describing Hsi Lai Temple.

I finally made a trip to Hacienda Heights to visit Hsi Lai Temple. The largest Buddhist temple in the Americas. I was breathless as I viewed the elaborate architecture & gardens that welcome Buddhists & non-Buddhists alike.

The Bodhisattva Hall is the first building visitors enter, displaying the bodhisattva's Samantabhadra, Ksitigarbha, Maitreya, Avalokitesvara,& Manjusri. Photos aren't allowed inside. Preconfigured offering plates are available for donation & visitors can bring their own as well.

The Information Center has various literature avaiable on the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, Buddhism in general & the many activities going on at the temple. Complimentary hot tea & coffee are available to enjoy while sitting. Guided tours by a docent are available at certain times of the day, of which I took the first English tour avaiable.

The Buddha's Birthday Education Project is a building who's purpose is to display the life of Shakyamuni & the spread of Buddhism throughout the world. Crafts workshops are available to make keepsakes such as bracelets, and visitors are treated to hot tea/water & adorable elephant-shaped cake pops.

The Main Shrine houses "10,000 Buddhas" which encircles the entire room, with Amitabha, Shakyamuni & the Medicine Buddha prominently displayed in the rear. It's a pleasure to behold, with the sight of gold sculptures & the smell of incense in the air. No photos are allowed here, either. Seeing people kneeling in prostration & with their silent thoughts in their minds, made me forget about the trivial worries that assault my daily life.

The Memorial Pagoda is located at the very back of the premises. I don't think it's open to the public, but I had the good fortune to be allowed to visit, which I am deeply grateful. I enjoyed this building the most. Sometimes, the greatest, most memorable things aren't the biggest and/or most extravagant.

The Dining Hall has an AYCE vegetarian buffet w/ a donation of $7. It wasn't 5-star food, but I wasn't expecting 5-star food. I enjoyed my meal, knowing the money will be used promoting the Dharma. I'm definitely glad chili sauce was available, as it greatly added to the taste of the food.

Outside the entrance of the Dining Hall & in front of the Tea Room/Bookstore, fresh cooked stuffed pastries are available for purchase w/ either red bean or custard filling 3/$2.

I chose 2 custard & 1 red bean. Be careful. These suckers are hot! I burned the roof of my mouth a couple of times. Okay, more than a couple ;P-
Delicious little treats, with custard being my preference.

The Arhat Garden has a small bell, located in the lower right, which when hit w/ a coin, offers various fortunes.

I hit the bell 5 times because I'm a boss........er, I mean, because I faithfully adhere to the Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path ;P

I spent around 6 hours here & I felt absolutely serene & at peace. I spent time in meditation in the halls, gathered useful information during the tour & had a full stomach from the Dinihg Hall & pastries. No doubt, I'll be back to once again find solace & a wonderful place to gather my thoughts.

I highly recommend visiting Hsi Lai Temple to find a delightful oasis hidden amongst the hills in Hacienda Heights. It's a perfect daytrip that you won't regret.

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Phoenix

Beautiful and peaceful. Be aware that you can't go in the main temple wearing shorts or a tank top.

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Local from Los Angeles

Easily one of the best buddhist temples on the West Side. It has amazing architectural design and layout that makes it one of the largest temples. Located snuggly fit on a hill slope right off the street makes it an easy place to spot and access. One of my favorite features of this temple is the blessing well found in a garden on the left side of the temple. It is said that if you are able to manage to bounce a coin (basically to make a bell ring sound) three times, then you will be blessed. It's a larger challenge than you think but it's definitely worth the try!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Peace. Tranquility. Quiet. All of those things you can find here. The grounds are open to the public during normal business hours. They do have seminars you can sign up for. You'll find hordes of people during the big Chinese holidays like Chinese New Year. Hsi Lai Temple has a great vegetarian lunch during the weekends.

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Very peaceful place :)

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Amazing

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