Ven. Master Juzan and Zhao Puchu elected as representatives at CPPCC

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2015-03-12 21:30:40
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On Sep. 21, 1949, Ven. Master Juzan and the well respected Zhao Puchu were selected as representatives at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing.

On Sep. 21, 1949, Ven. Master Juzan and the well respected Zhao Puchu were selected as representatives at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing. They also participated in draftingThe Common Program of the CPPCC.

Ven. Master Juzan was ordained in 1931 in Hangzhou Lingyin Monastery. He was the chief editor of the Lion's Roar Monthly and served as the Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China (BAC), Chief Vice President of Buddhist Academy of China and several other positions.

Ven. Master Ju Zan in 1949 (photo found online)
Ven. Master Juzan in 1949 (photo found online)

On Sep. 24, Ven. Master Juzan delivered a speech at the CPPCC. The next day, Mr. Wu Yaozong, Chief Representative of Religious Affairs, mentioned in his speech that the religious community was happy and honored to participate in the construction of the P.R. China, because such participation demonstrated that religions were playing the role that they should play.

“In The Common Program, freedom of religious belief was set as a principle. We value such freedom and shall not abuse it or fail our responsibilities. All major religions share the same goal of pursuing freedom and benefiting the humanity,” he said. 

On Sep. 30, Mr. Zhao Puchu was elected as a member of CPPCC. Mr. Zhao was well known as a religious leader, a calligraphy artist, a poet and a social activist.

Zhao Puchu
Mr. Zhao Puchu in 1950s (photo from the book The Buddhist Life of Zhao Puchu)

Editor:Ding Jianhua
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