Jiang Zemin, former Party Secretary, once told Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members to help religious people “break free from the shackles of religion.” By bringing that religion under strict state control, along with the operating terms set for Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Christianity—these are also five religions accepted and are still “under strict control.”
After establishing the People’s Republic of China, the CCP brutally suppressed Buddhism and outright banned all major religions.
How does the CCP annihilate Buddhism?
The first method employed is to destroy pagodas and Buddha statues
Hongcheng Pagoda, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism and has a long history, is located in Yongjing District, Gansu Province.
Some videos of the Hongcheng Pagoda being forced to close by Yongjing district government officials and expelled monks have surfaced on the Internet. The nuns in the video sit mournfully in front of the pagoda, while some monks sit and recite sutras. Some monks even attempted suicide to protest the government’s actions.
Concerning the cause of this incident, Wu Wenhan stated on Twitter that when the epidemic broke out in 2020, the lamas at the pagoda rallied laypeople to donate more than 300,000 yuan. I did not anticipate that such a large sum of money would bring disaster to the pagoda. The local government recognized the pagoda’s wealth and demanded that the “pagoda income” be divided with the “local.”
But the pagoda refused to comply with this request because it did not want to become a “commercial market.” As a result, the Yongjing district government decided to direct the closure of this pagoda, forcing the monks to return to the outside world.
“I believe that the practice of forcing monks and nuns to return to Gansu completely goes beyond the Great Cultural Revolution,” said Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa, Representative of the Tibetan Government in Exile in Taiwan. Between 1956 and 1965, the CCP used its name and national reform to force monks and nuns to return to the world, and the situation is now back in Tibet.”The CCP’s ultimate goal is to eradicate Tibetan Buddhism from its roots,” he said.
In the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, on the orders of Vice Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Lin Biao, a chief of staff named Ma in the Beijing Military Region visited the famous pagodas around the town of Taihuai and went all the way to the back of the mountain in 1969.
Ma gave the order to clear the monks and surrounding villagers within three days. They sent engineers to blast the structure and remove all the original pagoda statues, buildings, and cultural relics. They don’t care about cultural values, so they don’t allow dismantling; instead, they destroy everything.
Strange clouds appeared in the sky, along with the rumbling sounds of artillery shells. A photographer immediately captured the image of the Bodhisattva, and it is very vivid. The Xian Tong pagoda monks now worship it.
Why did Lam Biao defy all odds to build his villa but only stay in it once? Since completing that villa, Lam Biao has suffered from a strange illness, fear of cold, heat, headache, backache, insomnia, inability to stay calm, and the need to exercise non-stop. The night had gotten even worse. He would not venture out into the light, fearful of water and wind. Going to the hospital did not help to diagnose the disease; instead, it appeared that the spirit of the underworld wished to claim his life.
Finally, due to the power struggle, Lam Biao’s plan to assassinate Mao Zedong was revealed, and on Sept. 13, 1971, Lin Biao, his wife Ye Qun, and son Linli Guo became fugitives.
Then they died in a plane crash in the Mongolian town of ndörkhaan. The karma had become so great, as Biao who despised the Buddha’s Dharma and was bloodthirsty, suffered retribution and punishment was given.
The second method is to commercialize and politicize Buddhism
Mainland China’s fashion group Xtep held a fashion show in front of the Shaolin pagoda in Songshan, Henan, on June 21. The CCP’s official media outlets promoted Xtep as the first company in Shaolin’s 1500-year history. “Xtep Group” is a common trademark of Xtep and Shaolin pagoda.
Several Chinese domestic media outlets reported that the Shaolin pagoda in Songshan has applied for 666 trademarks in the last 23 years, with 80 -90 percent of them bearing the word Shaolin.
Indeed, the Shaolin pagoda has long been a commercial organization controlled by the CCP, and it is even referred to as a pillar industry in Henan province. Abbot Shi Yongxin, also known as the CEO of Shaolin, has been conducting commercial advertising on this pagoda since 1986.
RFA reported that hundreds of teachers and students from the Minnan Institute of Buddhist Studies in Xiamen, Fujian, gathered not to chant Buddha but to sing the CCP’s praises. The Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Xiamen City, the Director of the Internal Affairs Bureau, and the Standing Vice Chairman of the Xiamen Buddhist Association Participate joined in this event.
Dharma monk Feng wen, a Fujian Buddhist rights activist, stated that the contest held at the Minnan Institute of Buddhist Studies exemplifies the current political climate.
“In the current political situation, Buddhist organizations or religious organizations must follow the Party,” Feng wen told Radio Free Asia. On the 100th anniversary of China’s founding, if you want to survive, you can’t help but engage in some infiltration activities; otherwise, how can you stay under a totalitarian regime? Various civic organizations were compelled to attend party-related classes. After listening, you will undoubtedly be forced to discuss what you have learned, and so on. This action is a widespread occurrence.”
“This Shaolin pagoda incident is a link in the corrupt system of cadres (CCP),” said Associate Professor Dong Liwen, Faculty of Public Security, Central Police University. This dirt was made public because Shi Yongxin was a close friend of Guo Baxiong, and their secret relationship was well known. Guo Baxiong, Vice Chairman of the 17th CCP Military Commission, and Tu Caihou are all Jiang Zemin confidants who have “fallen off their horse” in the campaign of “beating tigers and killing flies” of President Xi Jinping.
Method 3: Body destruction and suppression of believers
According to Minghui, the CCP issued a Directive on the struggle to eliminate counter-revolutionary elements from their bud on July 1, 1955. They planned to kill one person to threaten hundreds of others, and they labeled monks, nuns, and Taoists who refused to cooperate with the CCP as counter-revolutionaries. Then they were arrested and killed.
The CCP seized pagoda property, forced monks and nuns to study what the CCP wanted them to learn, brainwashed them, and even forced them to work. In Ningbo, Zhejiang province, for example, there is a “Buddhist square.” Over 25,000 monks and nuns were once compelled to work there.
CCP forced monks and nuns to marry to disintegrate Buddhism. For example, on March 8, 1951, just before International Women’s Day, the Women’s Union of Changsha City, Hunan Province, ordered all the nuns in the province to marry within a few days.
Furthermore, the strong young monks were forced to join the army and were used as cannon fodder on the battlefield! Monks were also sent to the front lines to be shot and killed during the “War against American aggression and help Korea” (1950-1953).
It has been brutally suppressing people who practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance since 1999
Worried by the rapid growth of Falun Gong, CCP leader Jiang Zemin unilaterally launched a brutal persecution of practitioners on July 20, 1999. The CCP follows a policy of “financially draining, defaming reputation, and destroying the body.”
The CCP has been misrepresenting Falun Gong’s contents, smearing the founder’s reputation, and blocking public access to information. They have placed a stumbling block in the way of practitioners’ livelihoods. The most heinous crime against them has been raping, persecuting practitioners’ bodies in prison, and harvesting their organs while they are still alive to collect vast sums of money for the CCP.
When practitioners came forward to explain the truth about the persecution, the CCP labeled them as “inciting subversion of state power,” an allegation that the CCP frequently employs to silence dissidents.
Since then, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been imprisoned in Chinese prisons, labor camps, mental hospitals, and other detention facilities. Hundreds of thousands of people were tortured at those locations to force practitioners to abandon their beliefs. Untold numbers of people have died due to forced organ harvesting, which is backed by China and involves the removal of organs for sale on the transplant market.
Ms. Zhang Fuzhen, 38 years old, worked at Xianhe Park in Pingdu City, Shandong Province, China. She traveled to Beijing in November 2000 to advocate for Falun Gong and was later kidnapped by the Chinese government. According to those familiar with the situation, the police tortured and humiliated her, stripped her of her clothes, and shaved her head.
They tied her to a bed, forced her limbs to stretch on all four sides, and allowed no bathroom visits, forcing her to soil the bed. The cops then injected her with an unidentified poison. She was in so much pain after being injected with the poison that she nearly went insane. She was in excruciating pain until she breathed her last and passed away. The entire incident was witnessed by the staff of the local 610 Office (quoted from a post on the Minghui website dated July 23, 2004).
In another incident, a woman about seven months pregnant was hung from a beam at the Wanjia Forced Labor Camp in Heilongjiang Province. Her hands were bound together with a coarse rope that passed over a pulley attached to the shaft.
The chair they had allowed her to stand on was pulled from under her, and she was left dangling in the air. The crossbar was approximately 3 to 4 meters above the ground. The rope was strung across the pulley, and the guards grabbed one end.
She was dragged into the air when the guards pulled the rope; she fell to the ground when they let go. This pregnant woman was subjected to this torment until she miscarried. Even more heinous, they forced her husband to witness his wife’s torture (quoted from a post on the Minghui website dated 15/11/2004, an interview with Wang Yu Zhi, who was tortured for over 100 days at the Wanjia forced labor camp).
CCP Condemned Worldwide for Religious Persecution
The U.S. State Department quoted Secretary of State Pompeo as saying on November 16, 2020 in a tweet: “If we don’t protect religious freedom, no one will stand to work.” Pompeo has continued to condemn the CCP’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and other religious groups over the last 20 years.
According to Pompeo, “Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners are the primary targets of the CCP’s war on faith. The CCP leaves nobody out.”
Sam Brownback, the US State Department’s Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, also tweeted and condemned the CCP for its ongoing crackdown on religious freedom groups, which has lasted for many years. According to Brownback, the CCP continued to order religious groups to incorporate communist doctrine into their spiritual teachings and practices in the previous ten years.
The third Ministerial Conference on the Promotion of Religious Freedom was officially launched in Poland on October 16, 2020 online. Today, Pompeo and Brownback, spoke and tweeted in unison about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of religious groups.
“Let us carry this belief forward: Faith endures forever, tyranny perishes,” Pompeo said.
On June 21, 2019, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued its “2018 Report on International Religious Freedom,” stating that “based on serious, persistent, and systematic religious freedom violations by the Chinese government,”
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom finds that “China still deserves to be listed as a country of special concern under the International Religious Freedom Act in 2019.”