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1) What are the activities organized by Hsi Lai Temple?

The activities organized by the temple are categorized as follows:

1. Education
The study of Buddhism is conducted via weekly lectures and special workshops in Chinese, English, and Cantonese. For the community, there are instructional classes on languages, cultures, arts & crafts, and special studies. In addition, summer camps, community projects, conservation campaigns, international examinations on Buddhism, and scheduled daily radio and television programs take place throughout the year.

2. Culture
Multifaceted efforts for cultural development include monthly publications of Buddha's Light Newsletter, Universal Gate magazine, and other Buddhist periodicals; exhibitions of Buddhist artifacts; various International Buddhist Conferences; and audio cassette recordings and video in different languages.

3. Cultivation
Weekly: On Saturdays and Sundays, prayer services are held, including the recitation of the Diamond Sutra, Amitabha Sutra. Meditation sessions are also held. Monthly: The Great Compassion Repentance Service, the Lamp of Brilliance Prayer Service, and the Prayer Service for Gratitude and Birthdays are held. Yearly: The Seven-Day Amitabha Retreat, the Seven-Day Meditation Retreat, World Peace Prayer Service, the birthday celebrations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Short-Term Monastic Retreat, the Five Precepts Ceremony, the Bodhisattva Precepts Ceremony, the Eight Precepts Retreat, Sangha Day Celebration, and various repentance services are held.

4. Charity
Organized charitable efforts include the Winter Relief projects, the Handiccap Children's Fun, the Poor Children's Fund, other emergency relief funds, medical services, blood drives, and assistance for special events.

2) Who may participate in these activities?

Anyone with a sincere motivation and willingness to learn about Buddhism is welcome to participate in the activities at Hsi Lai Temple.

3) Is Buddhism taught in English at Hsi Lai Temple?

Yes. We have English Buddhist classes on Sundays. Please contact Hsi Lai temple for further details.

4) Does Hsi Lai Temple offer tours?

Hsi Lai Temple offers guides for groups of 15 people or more. An appointment is advised for group tours. For individual visitors, Hsi Lai Temple offers self-guided cassette tours where visitors can borrow the cassette and a Walkman from the Information Center.

5) What are Hsi Lai Temple Dining Hall hours?

The Hsi Lai Temple Dining Hall opens 11:30am to 1:30pm Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 2:10pm on Saturday and Sunday.