The Truth About Unifying Buddhism In Hanoi on November 4, 1981

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Anh Vu

Hieu Trung Do – June 1st, 1994

Mr. Hieu Trung Do, aliased Anh Muoi (Tenth), was head of the Young Elites ( to engage intellectuals and students) in Gia Dinh – Saigon, operating under Dang Bach Tran prior to 1975. After 1975, through Thuy Xuan, Linh Van Nguyen, Hoan Quoc Tran, he was tasked by the Central Party to “unify Buddhist Organizations” leading to the installment of the organization called “The Buddhist Church of Vietnam.”

In 1979, Mr Thuy Xuan, head of the Hanoi Delegation at Paris Peace Accords in the 1970s, Secretary of the Central Party, President of the Propaganda Committee and The Central National Front, summoned Mr. Do to Hanoi and made him Chief of the Delegation Tasked With Unifying Vietnamese Buddhism. Mr. Do was the architect of today’s Buddhist Church of Vietnam.

In 1994, having been well aware of the blunders of  the (Communist) Party on all aspects of social life, especially in the policy towards Buddhism, Mr Hieu wrote a contrite document titled  “Unifying Vietnamese Buddhism” consisting of 50 typed pages ( please read the document in its entirety in Que Me Magazine, issue number 133 (May/June 1995) that was published right on that year’s Vesak.  He denounced the “Unifying Buddhism” campaign at Quan Su Temple on November 4, 1981. As a result of this revelation, Mr. Do was imprisoned for 18 months. Here, we are selectively quoting some paragraphs detailing the core of this “unifying” campaign:

The essence of the scheme is to make the entire Vietnamese Buddhism a public entity, even at a lower level than an organization because it only consists of monks, nuns and no lay Buddhists.  There is only a mother organization without any offsprings, called Buddhist Church of Vietnam (…). The terms of activity are restricted only to worshiping within the temples and not perform any activity related to the public and society (…). Use the temples as grass roots, not to employ the public lay Buddhists as units of the Church organization.

(…) “The real delegation consists of representatives from our Buddhists Church and The Unified Church of Vietnam. The Committee to Campaign for a Unified Buddhism also serve as delegates at the Conference in which our representatives are a majority. Of the nine organizations and Buddhist sects, The Unified Buddhist Church is only one; the remaining eight organizations with different names but all of them belong to us or already submitted to the leadership of the Party.”

(…) “This campaign to unify Buddhism appears to be shouldered by the Venerables on the SURFACE, but INSIDE, the hands of the Vietnamese Communist Party ORCHESTRATE throughout the unifying process to control and disguise Vietnamese Buddhism to  become a puppet organization OF THE PARTY.

“Unifying Vietnamese Buddhism”

Vesak Season 2538 (1994)

Hieu Trung Do