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PostSubject: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:09 am

Hsi Lai Temple is a traditional Chinese Buddhist mountain monastery in the United States.

It is located on the foothill region of Hacienda Heights, California, USA, a suburb of Los Angeles.

The name "Hsi Lai" means Coming West in the sense of the "Great Buddhadharma Coming West."

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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:25 am


The temple is affiliated with one of Taiwan's largest religious organizations, the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order. It is one of the first branch temples the order has built, and is often called the "torch of Dharma" by order members. Hsi Lai was the site of the founding of Buddha's Light International Association, which was established in 1991.
The order also calls itself the International Buddhist Progress Society.

The temple, like its mother temple in Taiwan, practices Humanistic Buddhism, which incorporates all of the eight traditional schools of Chinese Buddhism - especially the Linji Chan and Pure Land schools - to provide guidance deemed most useful to modern life.

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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:07 am


In 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.

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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:20 am

Looks so beautiful!!!
And what a peaceful atmosphere!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:22 am



The Bodhisattva Hall is he first shrine before entering the temple.


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:01 pm



It is a large hall that honors five Bodhisattvas: Samantabhadra, Ksitigarbha, Maitreya, Avalokitesvara (Guan Yin), and Manjushri (Wenshu).





I was not suppose to take pictures of things inside, but I did... soshy Bang Halo

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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:14 pm

It looks just amazing allears People of what nationalities are most frequient visitors? Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:17 pm

Outside the shrine, on each side, honors the Bodhisattvas Skanda (Weituo) and Sangharama (Qielan).




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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:43 pm

leo wrote:
Looks so beautiful!!!
And what a peaceful atmosphere!!!
Yes, it is!!! sunny




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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:26 pm



Main Shrine is the heart of the temple's activities.


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:58 pm



It contains the statues of the historical Sakyamuni Buddha , Amitabha Buddha, and Bhaisajyaguru Buddha.



Again, I was not suppose to take pictures of things inside...Bang Halo...but you know me...soshy




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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:43 am


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:49 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:04 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:15 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:32 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:26 pm

The main shrine:


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:30 pm



next to the main shrine


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:35 am



Avalokitesvara Theme Garden



This theme garden represents the disciples of Avalokitesvara, also known as Kuang Shih Yun Pu' Sa.

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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:49 am



Salvation Paradise of Guang Shih Yin P'u Sa


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:39 am



The vows of Guang Shih Yin P'u Sa are indeed profound. With her heart of compassion and her power of wisdom, she avails herself to the prayers of sentient beings. Regardless of where we are, she never fails in granting thousands of calls for help and manifests herself in appropriate forms. She teaches and enlightens sentient beings accordingly, thereby ridding them of their worries and sufferings of Samsara (the cycle of birth and death). Like the ferry that rescues afflicted beings to the other shore, this sanctuary of Guang Shih Yin P'u Sa has become known as the Salvation Paradise.


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:11 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Hsi Lai Temple   Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:17 pm


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