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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 11th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Picture of the Day: Child Monks

A kindergarten student in South Korea's southernmost resort island of Jeju frowns as his head is shaved to experience the life of a child monk on May 7, 2012, ahead of Buddha's Birthday, which falls on May 28 this year. (Yonhap)

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  • setnaffa
    1:12 pm on May 11th, 2012 1

    All the kid wanted was a little off the sides and back… :mrgreen:

  • 2ID Doc
    1:34 pm on May 11th, 2012 2

    Reminds me of my basic training haircut, although I was slightly older.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    2:10 pm on May 11th, 2012 3

    Funny you should bring up the subject of Buddhist monks taking time out of their busy schedules of protesting against the USA.

    Jogye Order gives apology for gambling, drunk monks|home|newslist1

    The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said on Wednesday that the eight Buddhist monks were accused by Venerable Seongho, a former official of the Executive Office of the Jogye Order, of gambling with hundreds of millions of won through a petition he submitted to the prosecution on Wednesday.

    The monks played poker using 10,000 won ($8.70) and 50,000 won bills, drank luxurious whiskey and smoked cigarettes on April 23 for 13 hours until the next morning in a suite room in the Baegyang Hotel in Jangseong County in South Jeolla.

  • keyinjpop
    7:23 pm on May 11th, 2012 4

    Cool haircut, little man. :cool:

  • kushibo
    7:58 pm on May 11th, 2012 5

    Dreamboat Annie, the Chogye Order monks (some of them) are a trip.

    Buddhist monks, fighting!

  • Hamilton
    8:45 pm on May 11th, 2012 6

    “drank luxurious whiskey” Dimple isn’t luxurious.

  • tbonetylr
    12:28 am on May 12th, 2012 7

    They gotta teach them youngsters how to play Go/Stop and gamble at an early age when nearly 1 million dollars are up for grabs, the video was provided by a monk who was anti-leadership.

  • Jeff
    6:06 am on May 12th, 2012 8

    “Drunk Monks”…sounds like a band…. :lol:

  • John from Daejeon
    4:15 pm on May 12th, 2012 9

    Ahhhhh, BRAINWASHING, it starts so early.

  • Stanley P
    7:58 pm on May 12th, 2012 10

    The greater issue is where they got the money to blow on gambling. Was it from tax money from the Korean government? They get a great deal of money each year.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    3:11 pm on May 15th, 2012 11|home|newslist1

    Whistle-blower accuses monks of paying for sex
    May 16,2012 Following the recent scandal that exposed monks of the largest Buddhist sect in Korea for gambling while intoxicated, the whistle-blower, Venerable Seongho, reported further allegations yesterday that Jogye Order monks gambled overseas, kept mistresses, had secret wives, frequented room salons and even paid for sex.

    Ahead of prosecutor questioning, Venerable Seongho, a former official of the Executive Office of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order, stated yesterday morning in a radio interview with MBC that while “this may seem shocking to civilians, [gambling] in executive office gatherings is customary.”

    And gambling is not just limited to Korea, he said, as monks “go overseas to the Philippines, Macao or Las Vegas and change out of their monk robes” to play slots or pachinko. Some monks lost hundreds of millions of won gambling overseas, he said.

    The venerable further stated that Venerable Jaseung, the executive director of the Executive Office of the Jogye Order, was not free from blame either.

    “Venerable Jaseung and Venerable Myeongjin in the past went to the Sinbad Room Salon in Gangnam for full service and paid for sex,” he said.

    “Because of the Venerable Jaseung and Venerable Myeongjin prostitution incident, I held a one-person rally, but Venerable Myeongjin stated that he didn’t do it. But Venerable Jaseung didn’t say anything.”

    Venerable Myeongjin was the former chief monk of Seoul’s Bongeun Temple and did not comment on the allegations yesterday.

    Venerable Jaseung began his 100 days of repentance to represent the Jogye Order yesterday, to which Venerable Seongho stated on the radio, “It’s all just a show.

    He needs to go drown himself in the Han River for something like this. Isn’t it embarrassing?”

    The Jogye Order’s Executive Office responded by addressing Venerable Seongho by his real name, Jeong Han-yeong, and said if his allegations against Venerable Jaseung are confirmed to be false, they will immediately file charges against Seongho for slander.

    They stated that a senior monk will hold a rebuttal interview with the same radio program to reveal the truth.

    During the elections for the executive head of the Jogye Order in 2009, Venerable Seongho was accused of handing out libelous pamphlets about the current director, Venerable Jaseung, and received disciplinary action by having his monkhood revoked, which was overruled by the courts.

    Venerable Seongho informed the police last week that eight monks of the order gambled with hundreds of millions of won in April 23 in a suite in the Baegyang Hotel in Jangseong County in South Jeolla.

    The venerable received video footage of the gambling scene from an anonymous source.

    The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office called upon Venerable Seongho yesterday to question him on his allegations.

    After questioning the venerable, prosecutors plan to summon the eight monks involved in the case.

    Before questioning, the venerable stated yesterday morning to the press at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office in Seocho District, southern Seoul, “There are many more additional incidents to be exposed.”

    “I can confirm it,” the venerable said, regarding the room salon incident.

    “It’s a fact that not only the Jogye Order but any dog walking past knows. Everybody knows, but why are you asking me? Are monks that intimidating? Are they that privileged? It needs to be investigated. By martyring myself, the Jogye Order needs to be born again this time.”

    By Sarah Kim []


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