The Compassionate Service Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 Organization based in Southern California, USA. CSS was founded by Venerable Hang Truong in 2002.
Though founded on Buddhist principles, CSS takes an ecumenical and all-inclusive approach that transcends religious and cultural boundaries. By integrating the ancient teachings of Buddhism with the best of 21st century thought, practices, philosophies, and knowledge, CSS seeks to bring unity and healing to the body, mind and spirit.
CSS’ Services Group consists of volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and care towards giving service to the community. CSS volunteers have taught Integral Tai Chi and Yoga classes, sponsored humanitarian relief and charity projects, led family summer camp, and organized many meditation and spiritual retreats.
Venerable Hang Truong is one of the influential Vietnamese monks in the Vietnamese communities all over the world. Born in Vietnam, grew up during the war, educated in United States, ordained under the Chinese tradition and educated in the Dharma under the direct tutelage of Master Hsuan Hua, the world’s enlightened Master of the Chinese Zen lineage, Master Hang Truong has worked and served multi-ethnic communities across Asia, America and Europe. The Master embodies, teaches, and lives by multicultural, multi-disciplined, global centric values. He is very well known for his holistic, integral approach to modernize and integrate Buddhism into the fast changing world. In 2002, he created Compassionate Service Society, a non-profit organization that helps heal the body, mind and spirit. In 2003 he co-founded Hana Spiritual Retreat in Maui, Hawaii, a spiritual center that aspires to bring key leaders of the world religions for dialogues and cross-cultural understanding. In 2004, he began teaching Integral Tai Chi to the public and developed a training curriculum for ITC instructors. He opened an Integral Taichi Center in 2006, a community program which promotes health, hope and healing. To this day, Venerable Hang Truong and the ITC instructors have taught the practice worldwide in California, Texas, Hawaii, Canada, France, Hungary and Taiwan. In Orange County, California alone, there are on average 300 Integral Tai Chi students registered each semester. The healing effects and the evolutionary force of Integral Tai Chi have been reported by many who have taken the classes. In May 2008, he was awarded the Community Leader of the Year in Orange County in recognition of his exemplary leadership, selfless dedication and valuable service to the community. In a world that is in dire need for love and caring, Venerable Hang Truong’s innovative spiritual work and teaching bring invigorating spiritual uplift and healing, which transcend ethnocentrism and cultural divides, peace and harmony for self and community, are indeed the new hallmarks of Buddhism in the 21st century.