Hsi Lai Temple Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Race “refers to ethnic groups assumed to have a distinct biological basis” (Ibid 107). Mainly Asian people will go to the temple. Around the city, lots of Chinese’s people live in the area so they can visit the temple more often. At the temple, the only smell that I can remember is the smell of essence. I hear no music or sound at the temple. It feels quiet and peaceful. The first thing I saw when people arrive to the temple is they would grab incense and pray to the two guardians who protect the temple from evil. After that, they enter the shrine and begin to pray to the Buddha. In the shrine there are three huge golden Buddha statues above. From the brochure Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple, it said that the main shrine is the most important place in the temple. Inside it sits Sakyamuni Buddha in the center, Amitabha Buddha on the left, and Medicine Buddha on the right. I had an etic perspective which means, “A form of analysis using concepts, categories, and rules derived from science; an outsider’s perspective, which may not be meaningful to native participants in a culture” (Ibid 519). At first I did not know the steps to worship and I thought that the three Buddha represented only one Buddha but when I understood I had the emic perspective. The emic perspective is “a form of analysis that uses concepts, categories, and distinctions that are meaningful to participants in a culture” (Ibid 519). …show more content…
Majority of the Chinese cultures practice Buddhism but they are also influence by the American culture because the Hsi Lai Temple is in America. This is called acculturation which means “the process of acceptance resulting for the contact between two cultures, or an individual interacting in at least two cultures” (Ibid 25). The Chinese people still practice their culture while living in western culture. Some of the monks and nuns only speak either Mandarin or Cantonese and they can only have a vegetarian diet. The temple celebrates the Chinese holiday. The architecture of the temple has many Chinese cultures represented. The first thing to be seen upon entering the temple is the large gateway with Chinese characters inscribed into it. Then after the gateway at the top of the stairs is the Bodhisattva Hall where you get a divination. After the hall at the other end there is a big courtyard where the pavement symbolizes the rice paddles of China. At the opposite end of the courtyard is the main shrine. There are other facilities running along both sides of the courtyard. Making my way around the temple, I noticed that every few feet, there was a Buddha statue on the

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