The Buddhist Association of China
： 中国佛教协会） is a major organization of
. It was founded in 1953. The Buddhist Association has warned of Falun Gong
, a qigong practice defined as an "evil cult" by the Communist Party of China, that is outlawed and persecuted in the People's Republic of China
. However, the Association is a branch of the Chinese government, not an independent entity.
The current president is Venerable Master Yi Cheng, who was an organizer for the World Buddhist Forum.