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TOTAL SPENT TO DATE: ABOUT $900,000 (2018) IN RELIEF AID to help poor children and families and victims of natural disasters around the world, including:

  • Tsunami in southeast Asia (2004)

  • Katrina hurricane in the U.S. (2005)

  • Historical flood in Central Vietnam (2007)

  • Earthquake in Japan (2011)

  • HaiYan storm in the Phillippines (2013)

  • Flood in San Jose (2017)

  • Local fires in Northern California (2017)

  • Flood in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam (2018)

  • Fire in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2018)

The kids love to call Thay Phap Chon the “cool monk”. He plays with children, laughs with them, even teases them. He makes them like to come to the temple. When he goes on relief mission, he would lose the formal robe and put on T-shirts and long shorts. “I can get more done this way”. There is a sense of simplicity and candor about him that makes us trust him. Working with him, we learn the sense of giving to others without asking for anything in return. Doing relief aid is exhausting, but it makes us smile, and Thay Phap Chon makes giving back more fun and “cool”.