The Largest Buddhist Monastery in the United States

Main Gate of Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple, located in Hacienda Heights (near Los Angeles), California, was built in 1988. Its purpose is 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, the founder of this Temple, to propagate "Humanistic Buddhism" and to create a pure land here on earth.

The words, Hsi Lai, in Chinese means "coming to the West". It signifies that Buddhism is coming to the West from the East. The Temple is a monasterial operation of the International Buddhist Progress Society, a nonprofit organization incorporated in California.

The Temple has the traditional architecture of ancient Chinese monasteries, yet it is equipped with state of the art facilities. Construction material for this Temple came from many countries including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Italy, and the United States. This $30 million Temple, on 15 acres of land, was financed by donations from Buddhist devotees from around the world.

Main Shrine of Hsi Lai Temple

On March 3, 1996, the Temple celebrated the Chinese Lantern Festival and LIGHT Offering ceremonies were conducted. The Venerable Master Hsing Yun return from Taiwan and conducted a special LIGHT Offering ceremony.

LIGHT Offering Ceremony at CalPoly, Pomona

The theme of this ceremony was "Light Up the Lamp of Hope". Hope for HARMONY in all societies, PEACE in the world, and FORTUNE in everyone's life. About three thousand people attended this four hour function at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

Other Points of Interest at the Temple:

On either side of the central courtyard are meeting and conference rooms. The level below the Main Shrine houses a cafeteria where visitors are welcome to a vegetarian buffet between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, at an affordable price.

There is a museum located on the first level of the left wing of the central courtyard. The interior is decorated like labyrinths of ancient Greek mythologies. A collection of Buddhist artifacts from different countries around the world are exhibited.

The Arhats Theme Garden

Sitting in this lovely garden are Eighteen Arhats. Each Arhat represents a different meaning of his kind. The Arhats are enlightened beings and followers of Buddhism. Their meeting today is a cause to assemble again in the future.

The Avalokitesvara Theme Garden

Avalokitesvara is known as the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. A Bodhisattva is someone who is motivated by love and compassion for all sentient beings and absolutely committed to liberating all beings from suffering.

Here, Avalokitesvara sits on a giant rock with her attendants standing beside her. In the foreground are guardians who protect devout sentient beings from being hurt by evil forces.

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Hsi Lai Temple

Buddha's Light International Association, World Headquarter
3456 South Glenmark Drive
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Tel: (818) 937-6540
Fax: (818) 937-6544

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Hsi Fang Temple

4538 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
Tel: (619) 298-2800
Fax: (619) 298-4205


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