Zhao Puchu
BornNovember 5, 1907
DiedMay 21, 2000 (aged 92)
Occupation(s)Religious and public leader
Known forPresident of the Buddhist Association of China, vice chairman of the 9th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, calligrapher
Political partyChina Association for Promoting Democracy

Zhao Puchu (November 5, 1907 – May 21, 2000) was a religious and public leader who promoted cultural progress and religious tolerance in China.[1][2] Zhao was best known as president of the Buddhist Association of China and also one of the most renowned Chinese calligraphers.[3][4]

Zhao also served as vice chairman of the 9th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and honorary chairman of 10th Central Committee of China Association for Promoting Democracy.[1]

He began his work in the 1930s, serving as secretary of the Buddhist Association of China. Zhao also worked to foster relations with Japan, serving as vice president of the China-Japan Friendship Association from 1958 to 1989, and working as an adviser to the association after. He led a Chinese religious delegation to Japan in 1992, meeting with then prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa and receiving the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Secret Treasure of Japan.[5]


He was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize on April 9, 1985.[6]

Zhao was outspoken against Falun Gong and supported its ban within China.[7] He died in Beijing, aged 92, in May 2000.



  1. ^ a b "CPPCC Vice-Chairman Zhao Puchu Passes Away". People's Daily. 2000-05-22. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  2. ^ Niwano, Nikkyo (2000). "Chapter 20: Encounters V (Mr. Zhao Puchu, President of the Buddhist Association of China)". 開祖随聞記: 笑顔のうしろ姿 [Reminiscences of Founder Nikkiyo Niwano]. Translated by Nezu, Masuo. Kosei Shuppan. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  3. ^ "Grand Bodhi Temple Introduction". Daputi. 2008. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  4. ^ "Sino-Japanese Ties Must Be Deepened". Dharma World. 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  5. ^ "China's top Buddhist leader Zhao Puchu dies at 92". Asian Political News. 2000-05-29. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  6. ^ "Chronology of the Foundation". Niwano Peace Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  7. ^ "Zhao Puchu: Falun Gong is an evil cult and demon's teaching". Chinanews. 1999-08-01. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  8. ^ Zhao, Puchu, 1907-2000.; 赵朴初, 1907- (2001). Fo jiao chang shi da wen = Answers to common questions about buddhism. Zhao, Tong., 赵桐. (Di 1 ban ed.). Beijing: Wai yu jiao xue yu yan jiu chu ban she. ISBN 7-5600-1834-3. OCLC 50191011.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Fo jiao. Zhao pu chu, (1907-2000), 赵朴初, (1907-2000). Bei jing: Zhong guo ta bai ke quan shu chu ban she. 2013. ISBN 978-7-5000-9063-2. OCLC 910245152.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
Buddhist titles Preceded byGeshe Sherab Gyatso Venerable Master of the Buddhist Association of China 1980–2000 Succeeded byYi Cheng