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United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Delegation Blocked From Visiting Leader of the Banned UBCV

According to Paris-based International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB), a British Parliamentary Delegation was blocked from visiting the banned UBCV’s Thich Quang Do at Thanh Minh Zen Monastery. To find out more, we interviewed British Conservative Party’s Graham Brady who was a member of the British Parliamentary Delegation.   Y Lan: Mr. Brady, you were one […]

Vesak Message from The UBCV Supreme Patriarch

THE UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH OF VIETNAM THE INSTITUTE OF THE SANGHA Thanh Minh Zen Monastery 90 Tran Huy Lieu, 15th Ward, Phu Nhuan District, Saigon Buddhist Calendar 2556 No: 06/TT/VTT VESAK 2556 MESSAGE FROM The Fifth Patriarch Thich Quang Do Namo Sakyamuni Buddha Dear Ranking Monastics, Most Venerables, Venerables, Bhikhus, and Bhikhunis Dear Buddhist Followers […]

The Most Venerable Thich Thien Hanh’s Letter of Protest

THE UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH OF VIETNAM (UBCV) THE REPRESENTATIVE COMMITTEE OF THUA THIEN – HUE Office: Phuoc Thanh Temple, 360 Phan Chu Trinh, Hue. Phone: (054) – 3821122 ————————— Buddhist Calendar 2555                                                               Number: 001/BDD/TTH/TPK LETTER PROTESTING The Harassment And Oppression Aimed At The UBCV Through The Case Of Giac Hoa Temple – Saigon To: Chairman […]

Police Harassed UBCV Member at Giac Minh Temple in Danang City

Following is the report from UBCV Member Thich Thien Phuc, detailing police harassment against him on March 9, 2012. Your Honor, The Most Senior Venerable, President of the UBCV’s Institute for the Dissemination of Dharma. Your Honor, The Most Senior Venerable Chief Representative of the UBCV in Quang Nam – Danang – Chairman of the […]

USCIRF: Place Vietnam on the CPC list!

Place Vietnam in the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) for violations of religious freedom, that is a recommendation by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). According to the USCIRF 2012 report, the Vietnamese government dramatically increased systematic and egregious oppression against religious groups and individuals who advocate religious freedom. This goes […]

2012 Summer Buddhist College

With the goals of training youth and students to study and explore Buddhist dharma in order to spread Vietnamese Buddhism throughout the world while fulfilling the tasks of communication based on modern computing technologies serving media communities, international lobby, and other social, cultural, and educational activities in Vietnamese commnities abroad, the Second Office of the […]

European Parliament Member Talks About UBCV’s Thich Quang Do and The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

More than 100 American and European dignitaries nominated UBCV’s Thich Quang Do for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. One of the people who nominated the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is European Parliament’s Ramon Tremosa I Balcells. The following is Mr. Balcells’ interview with Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese service. […]

Vietnamese Pastors and Followers Vow To Self-Immolate

Harassed and forbidden to celebrate Christmas by police on Christmas Eve 2011, Mennonite Pastors Pham Ngoc Thach, Nguyen Hong Quang and almost 200 followers in Thu Duc District, Binh Duong Province vow to immolate themselves if the police did not cease their suppression campaign against their church. The Vietnamese government mobilized police, army, and security […]

THE NINTH UBCV CONFERENCE CONCLUDED SUCCESSFULLY AT DIEU NGU TEMPLE

On Sunday, November 20, 2011, The ninth UBCV Conference, organized at Dieu Ngu Temple in the city of Westminster, California, ended successfully with the ceremony to nominate the Most Senior Venerable Thich Quang Do to the UBCV’s Fifth Supreme Patriarch and the Praying for World Peace as well as for Vietnam to be liberated from […]

Vietnam Facing Grave Danger of Chinese Invasion, Yet The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Continues To Prostrate and Obey Beijing’s Orders.

On October 21, 2011, the Most Senior Venerable Thich Quang Do, Supreme Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, sent a letter to Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretariat of the VPC, expressing his concerns about China invading Vietnamese maritime territory and killing Vietnamese fishermen. Despite months of protests from thousands of Vietnamese from all […]

Human Rights Watch Calls On Vietnam to Free Religious Activists Immediately

September 30, 2011 (New York) – Vietnamese authorities should immediately end their crackdown on religious activists and free 15 people detained for expressing their beliefs, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests, primarily targeting Catholic Redemptorists, are a new blot on the country’s already problematic record on freedom of religion. The current wave of arrests […]

PHAP BIEN TEMPLE, A HORRIFIC EXAMPLE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN VIETNAM

Buddhists and members of Khanh Bien’s Youth Buddhist Movement celebrated Ullambana Buddhist Calendar 2555 (August 2011) right next to a gigantic pile of broken bricks and collapsed concrete columns of what used to be Phap Bien Temple. Amid the destruction, a Buddhist flag was flying high, and a make-shift altar was built for a traditional […]

Police Repression Against Giac Minh Temple Resulted in Death of Nuns’ Mother

Under prolonged and intense police intimidation, repression, and harassment, the mother of Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Dong Tam of the Unified Buddhist Church collapsed and passed away right in front of a gang of police. According to Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Dong Tam’s interview with reporter from RFA, her mother had been very healthy. However, plain-clothed and […]

VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT COMMITTED RELIGIOUS REPRESSION AGAINST GIAC MINH TEMPLE IN DANANG CITY

The Institute for the Dissemination of Dharma, The Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (The Institute) has sent the International Buddhist Information Bureau an emergency news release about Vietnamese police repressing, harassing, and intimidating monks and lay Buddhists at Giac Minh temple in the wake of Ullambana Celebration on Sunday August 14, 2011. Giac Minh Temple […]

VIETNAMESE POLICE INTIMIDATED, BLOCKED MONK FROM CELEBRATING ULLAMBANA

The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Ban, Chief Representative of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) in Dong Nai province, has sent an urgent news release about police using intimidating tactics against his temple’s visitors and tried to block him from joining Ullambana Celebration in Saigon. The News Release reads: “At midnight August 11, 2011, […]

The Venerable Thich Vien Dinh Alarms: Our Fatherland is being invaded.

Hiding under the flawed Marxist-Leninism, which has “committed crimes against humanity, been denounced by the world, and been abolished in the Soviet Union and Eatern European communist countries, China continues to maintain a socialist framework in order to exploit and cover up its ambition to invade Vietnam through the new colonialism. On the other hand, […]

UBCV Overseas Office in the U.S Organized Summer Buddhist College’s Course-Ending Ceremony

The course-ending ceremony of the UBCV’s Summer Buddhist College took place at Dieu Ngu Temple on July 4th, 2011. More than 150 enrollees took part in the ceremony which included UBCV Monks, Buddhist scholars, dignitaries, news and television agencies, and fellow Buddhists. The ceremony began with the national anthems of the United States and The […]

The UBCV Promoted Overseas Members To Most Venerables

On June 30, 2011, the Most Senior Venerable Thich Quang Do, Acting President f the UBCV’s Institute of the Sangha signed Church’s Decree number 13 to promote 3 Venerables to the ranks of The Most Venerable. The three Venerables are: Thich Phuoc Nhon, Thich Vien Ly, and Thich An Duc. The following is the Church’s […]

Vietnam Used Attack Helicopter Gunships to Murder Unarmed Hmong Catholics and Protestant Christians

The Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) reported that the Vietnamese government had employed attack helicopters to massacre unarmed Vietnamese civilians among the estimated 8,500 Viet-Hmong Catholics and Protestant Christians in the Dien Bien province. On May 21, 2010, a squadron of Russian-made MI-24 Hind helicopter gunships was dispatched to carry out a bloodshed against […]

Mennonite Christian Pastor Arrested, Assaulted by Police in Saigon, Vietnam.

Paster Pham Ngoc Thach of Vietnam Mennonite Christian Church was arrested, handcuffed, and assaulted by police before being led away on Saturday night, June 25, 2011. According to Mrs. Nguyen Thanh Nu, Pastor Pham’s wife, police cuffed the Pastor’s hands and feet, spit on his face, called him a dog (Pastor Pham told her that […]

Life-long human rights defender Vo Van Ai awarded Special Prize for Freedom

Paris, 22 June 2011 – Dr. Vo Van Ai, a life-long independent Vietnamese human rights defender, has been awarded the 2011 Special Prize for Freedom (Premio Speciale alla Liberta) by the Italian organisation Società Libera. The Prize will be presented in Lucca, Italy on June 24, 2011. Dr. Vo is the President and founder of […]