Who We Are
The Compassionate Service Society (CSS) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Southern California, USA. CSS was founded by Master Hang Truong in 2002. Though founded on Buddhist principles, CSS takes a global 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. The mission of CSS is to provide an enriching environment to promote Health, Hope, and Healing following the Bodhisattva ideal.
What We Do
The CSS Organization consists of volunteers who dedicate their time, energy, and care towards giving services to the community. CSS volunteers have taught Integral Taichi, Taichi Flow and meditation classes, sponsored humanitarian relief and charity projects, led family summer camps, and organized many meditation and spiritual retreats.
CSS East is the East coast chapter of CSS, based in the Washington metropolitan area, and has been in continuous service since 2007. CSS East has donated tens of thousands of hours of service and offered hundreds of exercise classes free of charge at local churches, community and senior centers, in Montgomery County MD, Washington DC and Northern Virginia. CSS East, and is run by volunteers. No member or staff receives any remuneration.
Our Integral Taichi (CK10) classes have been found to be very beneficial for many of our students, some of whom have written up about their experience (click on Testimonials tab). These are all real live stories of how the practice of CK10 have changed people's lives.
About Master Hang Truong
Born in Vietnam, Venerable Hang Truong grew up during the war, and was educated in the United States. He was ordained in the Chinese tradition and received the direct tutelage of Chinese Zen lineage Master Hsuan Hua, the founder of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Master Hang Truong has served and worked with multiethnic 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, Master Hang Truong created the 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 for key leaders of world religions to gather for inter-religious dialogues and cross-cultural understanding. In 2005, the Master launched worldwide effort to help the victims and survivors of the Asian tsunami in Sri Lanka. In a world that is in dire need for love and caring, Venerable Hang Truong's innovative work and teaching bring invigorating spiritual uplift and healing, and transcends ethnocentrism and cultural divides. His promotion of peace and harmony for self and community are indeed the new hallmarks of Buddhism in the 21st century.