Friends of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association are mourning the passing on Sept. 13, 2012, of Dr. Wesley S. Woo, the husband of long-time disciple Helen Woo, of Los Angeles. Dr. Woo was described by our teacher, Master Hsuan Hua, as a Bodhisattva, somebody who gave selflessly to benefit others. A native of San Francisco, a Korean War infantryman, and then a physician and General Practitioner in East Los Angeles for 50 years, Dr. Woo delivered some 6000 babies. He gave away medical services to people with low incomes more often than he collected fees. He supported two struggling Buddhist monk pilgrims through the streets of LA and on up with Pacific Coast by providing sturdy vehicles, a bed pan, kerosene for a stove and reliable, cheerful advice. Dr. Woo donated medical care to the Buddhist Sangha for years. At age 85, he was taking in new patients two days before he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Dr. Woo will be missed, and his example of warm generosity and genuine love for humanity sets an example for all of us.
(Dr. Wesley Woo [in dark suit, center] watches from the porch of Gold Wheel Monastery, in South Pasadena, CA in 1977, as two monks begin their bowing pilgrimage towards the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.)