The Compassionate Service Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Southern California, USA. Venerable Hang Truong founded CSS in 2000.
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 thoughts, practices, philosophies, and knowledge, CSS seeks to bring unity and healing to the body, mind, and spirit.
Our goal is to facilitate the practice of Bodhisattva’s ideals (altruism) and promote holistic living.
In Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is someone who has a generous heart, mature character, and profound wisdom imbued with kindness and compassion, and who dedicates energy and service to the betterment of other beings.
To effectuate our goal, CSS creates a learning center (both physical and online). The Center provides a nurturing environment for those who seek to practice holistic living and incorporate altruism into their lives.
The integral model for holistic living is to develop all four dimensions of our life (spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral) within the four living/life conditions (physical/body, nature, culture, and social system).
“Our mission is to create a spiritual and healing environment for body, mind, and spirit.”
The purpose of the Center (physical Center in Orange County, California) is to develop, foster, and promote spiritual growth, emotional harmony, and physical wellness as experiences central to the lives of our Buddhist communities.
Toward this end, we provide holistic training in body, mind, and spirit. The Center will undertake the following activities:
Integrate mind, body, and spirit.
Provide training to develop spiritual awareness.
Promote health and well-being.
Promote emotional and social harmony.
Venerable Hang Truong is one of the influential Vietnamese monks in Vietnamese communities worldwide. Born in Vietnam, grew up during the war, educated in the 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. He is well known for his holistic, integral approach to modernizing and integrating Buddhism into the fast-changing world. The Master embodies, teaches, and lives by multicultural, multi-disciplined, global-centric values.
In 2000, he created Compassionate Service Society, a non-profit organization that helps heal the body, mind, and spirit.
In 2002, he formed CSS Service Group, a core group that organized CSS events.
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.
He developed a training curriculum for ITC instructors in 2004 after teaching Integral Tai Chi to the public.
He opened an Integral Taichi Center in 2006, a community program that 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. Many who have taken the classes have reported the healing effects and the evolutionary force of Integral Tai Chi.
In May 2008, he was awarded the Community Leader of the Year in Orange County, recognizing his exemplary leadership, selfless dedication, and valuable service to the community. In a world in dire need of love and caring, Venerable Hang Truong’s innovative spiritual work and teaching bring invigorating spiritual uplift and healing, peace, and harmony for self and community. His work is indeed the new hallmark of Buddhism in the 21st century.