Master Zongxing from Wenshu Monastery has proposed his idea of the function of temples in the modern society, which consists of culture communication, education, Dharma dissemination and philanthropy. In his own word, "To improve peopleundefineds intelligence with education, to guide peopleundefineds behavior with dharma dissemination, to serve the society with philanthropy and to dignify our own life with practice."
Master Zongxing has also brought up a guideline called "one good deed for a day, good deeds for a lifetime". He encourages all disciples to treat good deeds practice not only on the daily basis, but set it as their life goal. This idea, in fact, is also the grounding principle of The Kind and Wisdom Compassion Charity. Our Charity always advocates the disciples to promote the social welfare and to strengthen their benevolence with their own philanthropic actions through daily good deed practice.
The philanthropic activity of Wenshu Monastery emphasizes on the education aids. The Temple has been supporting a number of poor students around the nearby villages with their tuition, textbook, stationary and other educational expenses for many years. So the question is, why The Temple devotes into philanthropy? Master Zongxing answers as follow:
Master Zongxing also mentions that, I quote, "The ability of disciples is limited. We couldnundefinedt serve the whole world. All we could do is devote ourselves in its goal by promoting it to a wider public. If we could broaden the influence of Buddhism, let more people know it, practice it, then we are actually doing something meaningful. At that time, when more people are immersed with a benevolent mind, Buddhism will truly have been a principle that bigger than just charity or donation. It would become a spirit, a spirit that lead everybody to have mercy, to care and cherish others. And that is what I call the real charity!"
(Quoted paragraphs are from Master Zongxingundefineds instruction at The Dharma Dissemination conference in 2013.)