Legal Warning to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Case 44-2018: International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)

Legal Warning to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

On October 20, 2020, a Legal Warning is made to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh due to the sad news that this great spiritual leader has become a Patron of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). Since Master Hanh was a beacon of peace in the world for decades, it is the duty of the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights to advise him that he is spiritually supporting an unethical, corrupt and genocidal organization that provides shelter and impunity to sexual abusers and murderers, destroying all the spiritual legitimacy that Buddhism accumulated over 2,600 years.

First, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) was sentenced Responsible for Violation of International Buddhist Law and Violation of International Human Rights Law, Complicity with Violations of women’s rights, and Complicity with Genocide and Crimes against humanity. This judgment is due to the fact that the IBC has failed to comply with all the ethical resolutions and legal requirements of the Buddhist Tribunal regarding the expulsion of senior IBC executives who were engaging in criminal conduct, such as sexual abuse and even complicity with genocidal acts, which is why this organization decided to ignore the duty to behave righteously in the world and preferred to continue harboring criminals, who surely provided a lot of money to the organization.

Second, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) was found Responsible for Corruption and Unethical Leadership, because the IBC has been funded for years by the Government of India and not through economic funds that come from ethical activities. The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights has sentenced the Indian Army as Responsible for Crimes against Humanity, Genocide, Crimes against Peace, Ethnic Cleansing, Violation of women’s rights, Violation of Constitutional Law, Violation of International Human Rights Law, Violation of International Humanitarian Law, State Terrorism, Crimes against Democracy, Violation of Buddhist Law, Crimes against the Buddhist Nation and High Crimes against Dharma. For this reason, any Buddhist Community that is solved with funds from the Hindu government will be using dirty money that comes from criminal activities, all of which is prohibited by the Buddhist Law.

Third, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) has a Spiritual Patron who has received money from the US government for decades, even using that money to support military activities, which constitutes an unprecedented act of Corruption and a clear Violation of Buddhist Law.

Fourth, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) has a Spiritual Patron named Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa (Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of the government of Myanmar) who has been sentenced as Responsible for False Buddhism and Violation of the Buddhist Legal Code, Oppression and Illegal Detentions against the Buddhist Sangha, Complicity with Discrimination, Violation of the rights of women and children, Violation of freedom of expression, Violation of the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, Crimes against humanity and peace, Complicity with the Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, Violation of International Human Rights Law, Violation of International Buddhist Law, Complicity with Violations of International Humanitarian Law and War Crimes, Violations of Civil and Political Rights, Violations of Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Attack Against Democracy, Complicity with Extermination and State Terrorism, and Supreme Offense against International Morality and the Sanctity of life.

Fifth, during the crisis of the Rohingya People in 2017 thousands of Buddhist leaders from all traditions (among whom are dozens of disciples of Master Thich Nhat Hanh) have signed a public letter against the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (member body of the genocidal government of Myanmar), denouncing the complicity of this organization with the crimes carried out by Myanmar against the Rohingya People,[1] so it represents an absolute immorality that Master Thich Nhat Hanh is spiritually endorsing the IBC and sharing the position of Patron together with the genocidal Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa (President of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee).

Sixth, Ashin Wirathu was sentenced as Responsible for Discrimination, Social Segregation, Apology for Violence, False Buddhism, Violation of Buddhist Law and Human Rights, Complicity with Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, and Crimes against Humanity. However, Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa (Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee and IBC Patron) has for many years given total impunity to the false Bhikkhu Ashin Wirathu, allowing him to be a Buddhist monk despite the fact that he is actually a genocidal military man in disguise who has consistently devoted itself to destroying the spiritual image of Buddhism in the world.

Seventh, Lama Lobzang (President of the IBC) has been sentenced as Responsible for Violation of Buddhist Law for covering up the genocidal Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa and refusing to expel him.

In eighth place, Sogyal Rinpoche of the Rigpa Cult was sentenced Responsible for Torture and Slavery, Fraud and Organized Crime, Violation of Women’s Rights, Violation of Buddhist Law, and Crimes Against Humanity. However, the IBC kept him as a member and refused to expel him.

In ninth place, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (IBC Board member) was sentenced Responsible for Violation of Buddhist Law and Complicity with Crimes Against Humanity. However, the IBC kept him as a member and refused to expel him.

In tenth place, Dhamachari Lokamitra (IBC Board member and leader of the Nagarjuna Training Institute) was sentenced Responsible for Corruption, Fraud and Misappropriation, Illicit Association or Organized Crime, Defamation and Violation of Buddhist Ethics. However, the IBC kept him as a member and refused to expel him.

In eleventh place, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (IBC Patron) has refused to attempt to expel criminals Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, Lama Lobzang, Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche as members of the IBC, in addition to also not resigning as Patron despite the fact that the IBC has been condemned of serious violations of Buddhist Ethics and Human Rights.

Twelfth, the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Patron of the IBC) has refused to intervene in Tibetan Buddhism to sanction Lama Ole Nydahl despite the fact that this individual was sentenced Responsible for Discrimination, False Buddhism and False Spirituality, Violation of Buddhist ethical precepts, Political Persecution and Attack on the Human Right to Freedom of Expression.

In thirteenth place, the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Patron of the IBC) has refused to return the US Congressional Gold Medal he received from President Bush, despite the fact that this government was sentenced responsible for war crimes by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal.

In the fourteenth place, the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Patron of the IBC) has refused to provide evidence on international violations and crimes committed against the Tibetan People, which represents an absolute breach of his duty as protector of the Tibetan Buddhist Nation, thus allowing that the crimes suffered go unpunished and are not investigated or tried.

The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh still has time to follow the Righteous Path and resign from this position of Patron that he is occupying within a criminal organization that violates Buddhist Ethics. The fact that this great Zen Master decides to support the IBC despite all the violations of Buddhist Law that this organization carries out represents the destruction of his 94 years in the service of the Dharma, being the worst way to spend his last moments in the world. Indeed, great sages must practice active contemplation, compassionate wisdom and humanitarian ethics until the last second of their lives, reason why being an elder is not any kind of reason to violate the mission of Buddhist Law and betray the Dharma. In fact, the IBC is using the figure of Master Thich Nhat Hanh solely to spiritually validate itself in the face of the ethical judgments that this immoral organization has received. For this reason, it is requested Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to follow the teachings of all the Awakened Beings (Buddhas), requesting him to do good, get away from evil and purify himself spiritually, and requesting him to resigning from the position of Patron of the IBC in the next 5 days. In case of breaching this legal ethical requirement from the International Buddhist Law, this will have terrible karmic consequences.

Always with spirit of reconciliation (maitri),

H.E. Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha

President and Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights


[1] https://www.buddhisthumanitarianproject.org/read-the-letter/view-the-signatures/

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