Several months ago, under a very special circumstance, I had the chance to meet an accomplished monk coming from Mainland China. It was said that he has more than 100,000 disciples and followers in China. He told me that before he left China, he learned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) just laid out their latest religious policy, which can be summarized in four words: “Split, disintegrate, control and then eliminate”. As soon as he heard this, he decided to leave China.
I asked him, “What do you think this means for Buddhism in China?”
He thought hard, then slowly spelled out his conclusion: “Doomsday.”
He went on to explain that although the CCP had always been hostile to religions, but this time they openly declared their “split, disintegrate, control and then eliminate” strategy at the religion management meeting. For him, this was a sign for imminent disaster. That’s why he chose to leave immediately, to save himself, or maybe some of his followers who had the means to follow him and to immigrate to other countries.
Monks in the famous Shaolin Temple in Henan Province in China march with a Chinese flag during a “Flag Raising Ceremony”. All religious groups in China are required to love the CCP first before they can love or worship their God or Buddhas. 河南少林寺和尚在舉行升旗儀式。在大陸，宗教人士被迫先愛黨，然後才能愛他們的上帝或神佛。