The word ‘Mahaprajna’ is a Sanskrit term that means ‘Great Wisdom’. In Buddhism, the accumulation of merits go hand in hand as understanding and practice are of equal importance. However, as wisdom has the ability to guide practices, there is an emphasis on the gaining of wisdom when cultivation is concerned. As such, ‘Mahaprajna’ was adopted as the name for the society.
The Mahaprajna Buddhist Society was established in December 1985 under a set of unique historical and religious conditions. A group of Buddhists, under the guidance of Master Hou Zhong, established TMBS. The aspiration was to initiate Buddhist missionary work in order to overcome the prevailing conditions that were unconducive to the growth of Buddhism. By setting up the society, we aim to nurture true Buddhists through Buddhist education. This will help to strengthen Dharma propagation for the benefit of sentient beings. In time to come, more people will learn and benefit from the essence of Buddhism.
TMBS aspires to be the Buddhist community who walk the bodhisattva path to benefit all sentient beings through Buddhist education, support of Sangha, as well as inculcating Right Understanding of the Dharma to lay Buddhists.