In another attempt to deny the significance of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), local authorities conspired with government’s corrupted monks in Hue to block the UBCV from fulfilling the wishes of a long-serving member at his own funeral.
Prior to his passing to Parinirvana in early February, The Most Senior Venerable Thich Van Duc of Tu Phong Lan Nha Temple in Thien Thai Mountain, Social Charity Special Trustee of the UBCV, had penned a will in which he asked that his funeral be led by 3 members of the UBCV: The Most Senior Venerable Thich Thien Hanh, General Secretary and Chief Representative of the UBCV in Hue; The Most Senior Thich Nhu Dat, Chairman of the Monastic Bureau, and the Most Senior Thich Chi Thang, member of the Elders Council, the Institute for the Dissemination of Dharma.
However, after the Venerables from the UBCV organized the Ceremony to lay the body of the Most Senior Venerable Thich Van Duc into the casket on February 7, the government’s Vietnamese Buddhist Church conspired with a number of the Venerable Thich Van Duc’s dharma family members to try to create a second funeral using monks from the government -created and -controlled Vietnamese Buddhist Church to lead the funeral in order to deceive Buddhist followers. It was known that the scheme to deny the late Most Senior Venerable Thich Van Duc’s wishes was hatched by the monks who betrayed their dharma master and prostrated to the communist government. In a meeting with the late Most Senior Venerable Thich Van Duc’s dharma family members, the Most Senior Venerable Thich Chi Thang uncovered the plots by these degenerated monks that “You came here not because of a sense of responsibility to your fellow dharma family member but to serve a scheme to rob the funeral and to eliminate the UBCV”. Indeed, on the date of the ceremony to admit the body of the Most Senior Venerable Thich Van Duc to the temple’s stupa, none of these government corrupted monks was present, even just to say goodbye to their late fellow dharma family member. Fortunately, more than 300 members and supporters of the UBCV from all areas in the country were there to successfully carry on the ceremony.
It is well-known that the communist government of Vietnam always plays the gimmick of stealing UBCV member’s funerals in order to propagandize its concerns for religious figures and to advertise for its nationalized Vietnamese Buddhist Church. Evidence of this blatantly blasphemous behavior can be seen through the funerals of the 4th Patriarch of the UBCV The Most Senior Venerable Thich Huyen Quang, of The Most Senior Venerable Thich Hue Thong, and now of the Most Senior Venerable Thich Van Duc.