The Compassionate Service Society – South (EIN: 27-0819930) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Houston. CSS-South is modeled after CSS, a non profit organization founded by Master Ce Hang Truong in California 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.
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 haallmarks of Buddhism in the 21st century.
Stay open and see how beauty exists everywhere
Give and feel the happiness in and around you
The Vision of Compassionate Service Society (CompaSS) is to facilitate the practice of Bodhisattva ideals (altruism) and holistic cultivation.
From 2002 to 2007, our mission was to create a learning environment for our community to integrate body, mind and spirit. Practically, we have develop various meditation methodologies, teach Integral Tai Chi to community, provide spiritual guidance via dharma lectures, educational programs on Television (Khai Tam TV) and radio (Khai Tam Radio) as well as other community programs that aims at serving the Vietnamese and American communities. Many large and small Integral Taichi Centers (ITC) have been established in USA (Orange County, San Jose, Houston, Dallas, Virginia, Oklahoma), France, Hungary, Germany, Tahiti and Taiwan to help facilitate our mission.
Since then, CompaSS adapts the vision of ITC to be our inspiration and practical guide for engagement with community. ITC’s Vision is:
Restore Health to members of our community.
Engender Hope in the hearts of those who are of need, by providing emotional support and spiritual guidance.
Facilitate a Healing process among members of community; be it emotional, spiritual, or social.
This vision is called our 3H Vision of Health, Hope, and Healing.
Our goal is to facilitate the practice of Bodhisattva ideals (altruism) and to promote holistic living. The Integral model for holistic living is to develop all four dimensions of life (spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social) within the four contexts of life conditions (physical, social system, culture and nature). Our mission is to create a spiritual and healing environment for body, mind and spirit.