Philanthropy

Serving Congee

China has a long history of congee serving. Since ancient times, it has been a common practice among philanthropists, with kindness and integrity, to distribute porridge freely to people on the street, particularly to those who were left destitute and homeless. In earlier days, emperors practiced sacrifice ceremonies every twelfth lunar month (i.e. La Month), praying for a harvesting year with utmost sincerity so that the agricultural capacity could serve well for the good of the country. Since the introduction of Buddhism, many monasteries started using grain and fruits to make congee and distribute them around to disciples and believers. It is said Legend has been passed down from one generation to another that peopleone will be blessed by Buddha if they have consumes theese Congee, usually distributed induring the Laba Festival. The Laba Congee is thus called "Fushou Congee", "Fude Congee", and "Buddha Congee".


In todayundefineds society, people are embracing an ever-increasing standard of living. Yet, even more, people also need care and love to nourish their mind and soul. Congee serving is such an avenue to inspire one to have a strong sense of kindness, positivity and love. This practice carries huge significance to the people and society and Wenshu monastery has been highly acclaimed in this regard, with years of practice in freely distributing Laba Congee.


Since March 2018, the Dharma Propagation & Charity Office has set up a series of rules to makem congee serving accessible to nursing houses for the elderly on a regular basis, distributing this warmth around as widely as possible. It is the hope of Wenshu monastery that by practicing porridge serving, people are more aware and willing to join the deed of charity while passing around positive thinking to others and the whole society.