This web page has disturbing information an graphic images due to the nature of violence acts against Buddhists around the world. In no way do we seek to discredit or abuse any religion such as Islam or Christianity or any nationality. The BFF wishes only to expose the reality of religious persecution in the past and present. As a consequence to the continuing persecutions committed by many non-buddhists and ideologues around the world. Let it be known that in the 21st century, many Buddhists continue to be martyred and experience great suffering, discrimination and tragedy because of their faith in the Dharma.
"Though in their ignorance many will curse and
abuse us and beat us with swords and staves; we will endure it all."
Lotus Sutra: 13
Since the days of Buddha's ministry over 2,500 years ago, there have been attempts by non-buddhists to destroy the Dharma of wisdom and compassion. In Buddha's time, there were many who tried to kill or discredit him and his disciples as exemplified by Devadatta's betrayal. In the 10th century, as the result of the Muslim invasion of what is modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the Buddhist religion was viciously wiped out in an act of virtual genocide. Throughout the ages the Buddhist religion experienced many purges in China, most notably in the 20th century. In the 19th century, the European empires such as Great Britain and France had by political, military and economic coercion implanted their forms of Christianity on such countries like Sri Lanka, Burma and Vietnam. In Tibet, the Dharma has been brutally oppressed since the Chinese invasion in the 1950s. In North Korea the Dharma has been effectively exterminated since the 1950s due to the hard line communist government. In the 1990s, in South Korea, the Buddhist faith has seen intimidation, vandalism of temples and the murder of monks by Catholics. In Kampuchea during the 1970s, the Marxist Pol Pot regime exterminated most of Buddhist clergy. As a result, in the 1990s, a flood of highly financed, Western Christian fundamentalists have poured into the country using fast talking and pushy salesmanship tactics to convert Buddhists with great success.
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