Many people are looking for answers to the sufferings experienced by sentient beings in the world.
The founder of the Than Hsiang Temple in Penang, the Venerable Wei Wu, claimed that things happened due to causes and conditions.
“At the individual level as well as at the collective level, nothing happens without cause or condition.
“Our past actions produce what we reap now. What we do now will bring what we reap in the future,” he said in an interview with StarMetro on his 30th anniversary of quitting.
He added that the cause and condition also worked collectively, citing the example that as one member of a family, a country and the world, “what we do collectively would affect everyone in the group.”
Wei will hold two online dialogue sessions on “30 years of raising awareness to benefit many” on Sunday.
The online sessions will focus on the causes and conditions of his life as a monk, the founding of Than Hsiang Temple, the promotion of spiritual, charitable and educational work, the founding of the International Buddhist College and his appointment as council president. Phor Tay school.
On Than Hsiang, he said the headquarters (currently in Bayan Baru) would move to the Klang Valley and the main monastery was being built at Tanjung Malim in Perak, about a 50-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur.
He also revealed that another Than Hsiang monastery would be built in Penang – at the southern tip of Seberang Prai on the mainland.
“There will be a branch of Than Hsiang in each state of Malaysia.
“We will open kindergartens, homes for the aged, clinics and counseling centers selectively in different states.
“We will take Than Hsiang to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. Eventually, we hope to bring our business to China and India,” he added.
Wei founded Than Hsiang Temple, Than Hsiang Foundation, Buddhist Audio-Visual Library, Metta Clinic, Mitra Wellness Center, Wan Ching Yuan Homes for the Aged, Than Hsiang Kindergartens, Buddhist Research and the International Buddhist College (IBC).
He said that the IBC, established 18 years ago, had students from 32 countries across five continents.
According to him, it has an endowment fund which is the responsibility of an investment committee and the proceeds are used to support the spiritual, educational, social and cultural activities of the organization as well as the objectives specified by the donors such as scholarships.
Regarding difficulties in managing nursing homes, Wei said the biggest challenge was finding workers for nursing homes.
“We are going to start using robotics with artificial intelligence in certain aspects. But we will always need (human) caregivers who have the patience and compassion to care for the elderly,” he said.
The first online chat session with Wei on Sunday will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be moderated by Leong Kok Hing in Mandarin.
The English session with moderator Benny Liow is from 11 a.m. to noon. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81718044115