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PostSubject: Korean Temples to be run by independent companies, not monks   Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:09 pm

06-07-2012 18:25
Professional managers to run Buddhist temples
- from Korean media

Ven. Jaseung, president of the Jogye Order, clasps his hands after announcing a series of reform measures for the largest Buddhist sect, in Gyeonji-dong, Seoul, Thursday. The reform initiatives follow a recent scandal over monks gambling. / Korea Times

By Kwon Mee-yoo

The Jogye Order will hand over the business of running temples to independent companies instead of entrusting it to monks, and be more transparent about how revenue from Buddhist donations is spent.

These and other measures were announced by the largest Buddhist sect, Thursday, following a public outcry over a scandal involving gambling monks in May.

"We have grown bigger fast with the rapid development of our society,” said Ven. Jaseung, president of the Jogye Order.

Observing that the nonprofessional, unsystematic management of the Buddhist order contributed to trouble and conflict, the monk said, "Recent gambling scandals are closely related to such old-fashioned operating practices.”

The gambling scandal broke in early May when a former monk disclosed a video clip of monks gambling with hundreds of millions of won at a hotel room near Baekyang Temple in Jangseong, South Jeolla Province.

Since then, Jaseung has increasingly been under pressure to resign. The Jogye Order is the largest Buddhist sect here with more than 2,500 temples and 13,860 monks. Factions of monks clashed violently in 1994 and 1998 during a power struggle. The prosecution is currently looking into the gambling case.

Speaking on Thursday, Jaseung said that he will devote the rest of his tenure ― about a year and half left ― to seeing the reforms through.

"This is the time to make fundamental reforms," Jaseung said.

The order recently organized a reform committee and established ideals for renewal ― "Monks should concentrate on asceticism and propagation, while believers should strive to serve the community through supporting Buddhism and practicing virtuous work."

Management specialists will take charge of the financial operation of the temples and publish their financial standings. For every transaction regarding the order, credit cards can be used and receipts will be issued to map the flow of funds.

The Jogye Order said it will modify its election system to prevent possible fraud. The sect will also tighten disciplinary action against those who tarnish the reputation of Buddhism.
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PostSubject: Re: Korean Temples to be run by independent companies, not monks   Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:54 am

This gives me an opportunity to tell a Korean story. This one told to me by George Bowman.

In the 70's a few books came out about austere Korean practices. One practice was to sharpen a bamboo cane to a point, and place the point under one's chin,so if one dozed off and one head dropped the bamboo would go straight into ones head.

Anyway Some of Georges friends had heard of a strict Korean monk who was enlightened. They flew to Korea, and at the end of the bus route walked for 3 days up mountains,and found where the monk was. He had sadly just died. They were shown his grave so they could pay their respects.

On the headstone it said:

I had clear eyes from alcohol and sex
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PostSubject: Re: Korean Temples to be run by independent companies, not monks   Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:25 pm

:-) Was the headstone in English, CMH? I am just wondering if a mistranslation crept in there somewhere! (-:
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PostSubject: Re: Korean Temples to be run by independent companies, not monks   Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:34 pm

I have no idea Anne I don't think George would have told me if he did not feel it was so ...I was not there
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PostSubject: Re: Korean Temples to be run by independent companies, not monks   Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:35 pm

I have no idea Anne I don't think George would have told me if he did not feel it was so ...I was not there
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