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Field Report Paper The Hsi Lai Temple located on 3456 South Glenmark in the city of Hacienda Heights is a Buddhist Temple which completed its construction in 1988 after 10 years of planning by Ming and Ching founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun Hsi Lai means coming to the west and denotes the teachings of Buddha to those in the west The organizations headquarters is in Taiwan but International Buddhist Progress Society is the charted name for this temple Master Hsing Yun in 1967 established the Fo Guang Shan meaning Buddhas Light Mountain which is the largest monastery in Taiwan This is a Mahayana Chinese Buddhism monastic order where in China consists of 8 different schools Tian-Tai Pure Land Chan Hua-yen Avatamsaka Fa-Shiang Yogacaran Sanlun Madhyamikan Dhyana and Esoteric Tantra Through a Humanistic Buddhist orientation the Buddhist Order works to unite all Buddhist schools and sects They promote inter-religious dialogue among spiritual traditions through conferences services and symposia The Hsi Lai Temple is a place that provides confidence joy hope and convenience to people People that attend the temple visits to make prayers for themselves and pay respect to their ancestors as well Others visit the temple including in their prayers a hope for something better or pray to continue the contentment that may already have Some people make the trip to the Hsi Lai Temple just for the tranquility since it is located on the top of a mountain providing a calm feeling and a heavenly sight The construction of the Hsi Lai Temple was to serve as a spiritual and cultural center for those who are interested in learning more about Buddhism and the Chinese culture Its objectives are to nurture Buddhist missionaries by education and to use cultural activities to propagate Buddhism The activities that were performed at the Hsi Lai Temple were similar to those of which was learned in class The chant of Omitofu was heard in many of the
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