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The Hsi Lai Temple

As part of my Chinese Civilization class last semester, we took a field trip to the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. It’s one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America, and truly a sight to see. We were given a tour by a monk, who showed us the beautiful gardens and statues found throughout the temple. Our class observed chanting rituals and learned about the varying disciplines of Buddhism. The trip to the Hsi Lai Temple was definitely one of the highlights of my first semester.

This trip is just one example of the types of opportunities available at USC. Classes have taken field trips to the Getty Center, the Griffith observatory, mosques, Catalina Island, tide pools, and much more. As students, we are given the chance to explore the city of Los Angeles and learn from more than just books.

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