CCP's Latest Religious Policy 中共對待宗教最新「八字方針」
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.