The Maha Karuna Buddhist Society was formed under the guidance and inspiration of The Most  Ven. B. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera (Chief High Priest Judiciary of Malaysia and Chief Monk of Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul, K.L.) to organize spiritual and welfare activities that will benefit society.

The Society manages two Buddhist Centres, namely the Maha Karuna Buddhist Centre at Subang 2, Selangor and Hilltop Buddhist Centre at Taman Tan Yew Lai, Kuala Lumpur.

The Buddha taught us to cultivate the two great virtues of Wisdom and Compassion. Wisdom (the ability to ‘see things as they really are’) is cultivated through spiritual practice. Great Compassion (Maha Karuna) is cultivated by serving the needy through welfare activities.