Hsi Lai Temple Essay

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Boyu Sun (861144976)
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Site Visit Hsi Lai Temple
In the morning on October 31st, I arrived Hsi Lai Temple, which is one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the United States. Just like many temples I had been before, His Lai temple is located on a mountain surrounded by trees, where is quite and peaceful. When I walked close the temple, I smelled thurification and heard sound of Buddha song, and it made me have an illusion that I am already in the temple.
The first site in Hsi Lai temple that I observed is the gate of the temple. It has four huge red pillars standing on the ground. The mane of the temple was written on the banner located on the top of four pillars, and it was also embellished with many beautiful gold graphic patterns. On the top of the gate is covered by many gold tiles, which looks very sparkly under the sunshine. Compared to building we are living and working at, the gate is much more beautiful and grandiose.
The building behind the gate is Bodhisattva Hall. This building is as palatial as many buildings in Chinese imperial
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On the end of “the way to Buddhahood” is the main building of this temple. The main building looks very close to the Bodhisattva Hall, but it has a drum on its left side and a bell on its right side. On the two side of “the way to Bodhisattva”, there are some animals’ statuses on the grass and ground. Even there are many people on this open ground, but it was really quit and peaceful here. From Buddhists here and many other visitors, I believe that Buddhism is a peaceful religion, because no one talks loudly and run back and forth hurriedly.
Also, our tour guide taught us how to meditate by using some deep breath and concentrate on my action and mind. He told me that there are several benefits for meditation, such as relaxing, tracking mind,

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