How Do the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and Vietnamese Buddhist Association Differ From Each Other? (Part 3 of 7)

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  1. Purposes and the creation of the VBA
    1. The creation of the VBA has been detailed by Mr. Do Trung Hieu in the document titled “Unifying Buddhism” (published by the International Buddhist Information Bureau in Paris)

      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 be a puppet organization OF THE PARTY.

Mr. Hieu also revealed how the Central People’s Campaign Group ordered the overpowering of Buddhism as follows:

“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 and nuns and no lay Buddhists. There is only a mother organization without any offspring organization called Vietnamese Buddhist Association (…). 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 lay Buddhist public as units of the Church organization.

    1. The VBA’s goals include control and guide the monastics under the leadership of the Communist Party, as per the confirmation from Mr. Do Trung Hieu:

Under the proletarian regime,all organizations and individuals must, without exception, obey the leadership and guidance from the Communist Party specifically and closely. To religions, this must be even more closely enforced.”

The VBA uses the slogan “Dharma – Nation – Socialism” as their motto, uses monks as decorative shields and propaganda tools for the government. The communist government even employs Church structure and Religious Orders to control and isolate monks so that they would stray away and walk out on the public.

In order to be closely controlled, the VBA belongs to the Fatherland Front, a peripheral and instrumental organization of the Communist Party. Being a member organization, the VBA’s voice has to be approved by the management body which is the Fatherland Front; the latter is controlled by the Communist Party. Therefore, the VBA does not have it own voice. The newspaper “Giac Ngo” is also a Communist Party’s newspaper; even though it has a Buddhist look, it is in reality a propaganda tool for the Communist Party.

Whereas the entire world has denounced the communist Vietnamese government of abusing human rights and suppressing religious freedom, the VBA remains quiet, unconcerned at all about the nation’s desire for freedom, democracy, and human rights but instead acting against those desires.

Acting under instructions from the communist Vietnamese government, on December 3, 2003, at Pho Quang Temple in Phu Nhuan District, during a Grand Ordination Ceremony, a great sacred Buddhist ceremony, the VBA exploited this ceremony and collected signatures from Ordination applicants, turning the Grand Ordination Ceremony into a protest against Resolution 427 by the US Congress that had been passed on November 19, 2003 and the European Parliament’s Resolution on November 20, 2003; both resolutions condemned the communist government of abusing human rights and repressing the UBCV.