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The "Home Temple" of this Laughing Buddha 

Hsi Lai Temple, near Los Angeles, California, USA, is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in the West.  (As a tour guide there, I always hedged with "is said to be," or something like it--just to be on the safe side.)

At any rate, it is a major presence in the Chinese-speaking Buddhist community, attracting tens of thousands at Chinese New Year alone.

A "tour" of the Temple is given in the Ascent of Hsi Lai Temple, so I won't add anything further here.  You can learn more about Hsi Lai, founding Master Hsing Yun, and mother organization, Fo Guang Shan, by exploring the Hsi Lai homepage.

Hsi Lai offers many opportunities for non-Chinese-speakers to delve into Buddhism.  For one great example, read about my great friend and fellow-seeker Prince Roy's experience as a monk for-a-week in Buddhist Boot Camp; there's also a follow-up.

Finally here are pictures of indoor and outdoor New Years parties over at one of my sister sites.

If you need a particular picture of the Temple, or have questions about it, please don't hesitate to write to me, using the mail link below.



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