Chinese businessman turned Buddhist monk cares for 600 abandoned children

- through Henry Oudin

Published on


A Chinese businessman turned Buddhist monk has been caring for 12 abandoned children, aged from birth to 600 years, for 10 years. Monk Daolu, affectionately known as "Papa Wu", from eastern China's Jiangsu province, also offers refuge to women facing unexpected pregnancies.

Monk Daolu explained that the mothers of these children were all single women who were unable to support their children. He shared a specific story in which he helped a woman who had lost both parents and was seven months pregnant. Her boyfriend had abandoned her after taking all her money.

In another example, a young woman studying abroad returned to China to give birth after becoming pregnant unintentionally, while keeping it a secret from her family.

Monk Daolu first posted his contact details on social media in 2012, noting: "For those who are unable to care for their children, we are ready to provide shelter and assistance." » (South China Morning Post)

Many women in need contacted Monk Daolu, who took care of everything from prenatal care to delivery, including fees, surgical modalities and waiting outside the operating room .


Monk Daolu's adopted children resided in his temple, but after the temple was demolished, they were moved to a small house known as the "Protective Abode" in Zhejiang Province.

Monk Daolu also discovered that 90% of visitors to the temple each year were women seeking blessings for an aborted pregnancy. On one occasion, a woman, feeling remorse over her abortion, approached Monk Daolu for a memorial service.

“I was too young, my parents didn't agree with the idea of ​​having this child and I had nowhere to go. Who else could help me? ", the woman explained when asked the reason why she had terminated her pregnancy. (South China Morning Post)

Monk Daolu and his volunteers also provide a daily school pick-up service for children, bedtime stories, and weekend arts and crafts activities. Daolu personally attends parent-teacher conferences, monitors academic progress, and rescues stray animals.


The children's expenses are mainly covered by donations and supplemented by income from monk Daolu's Buddhist activities. His team also sells vegetarian food and tea online, where his social media account has 480 followers.

Before being ordained, Monk Daolu was a successful businessman. In 2010, he decided to abandon his material wealth and adopt a more spiritual lifestyle.

“The more money I made, the more disgusted I became by the complexity of business,” Daolu remarked. (South China Morning Post)

Monk Daolu's story sparked heated discussions on social media.

While some critics, reflecting traditional social mores in China, said the monk's actions could be interpreted as supporting young women who were pregnant out of wedlock. Monk Daolu said: “If no one does this rescue work, these women and children will find themselves in dangerous situations. » (South China Morning Post)

“True love does not require blood ties. Six hundred children now have a loving home,” commented an observer on social media. (South China Morning Post)

See more

600 children raised by a Chinese monk, known as "Papa Wu", who helps desperate single mothers, transforms the temple into a loving home (South China Morning Post)

Related news reports from BDG

Engaged Buddhism: Bangladeshi monks offer generosity to needy Muslims at Iftarto during Ramadan
Engaged Buddhism: INEB will participate in the 2022 World Day of Prayer and Action for Children symposium in Rome
Engaged Buddhism: Ven. Pomnyun Sunim shares the fruits of compassion to mark the birth of the Buddha

BDG Related Features

Embracing the distressed Mekong
Healing the wounds of war with love and compassion
Monastics in white: the medical monks and nuns of Vietnam
Filling the void with love at the Duc Son orphanage
Kodo Sawaki “homeless”: from brothel worker to Buddhist monk
Buddhadoor View: Buddhism on the Oldest Continent – ​​A Case Study on the Success of Amitofo Health Center

The article Chinese businessman turned Buddhist monk cares for 600 abandoned children appeared first on Buddhadoor Global.

photo of author

Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

Leave comments