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Buddhist monks caught gambling, smoking and drinking at party
Telegraph | Reuters ^ | 5/11/12

Posted on 05/13/2012 12:01:06 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit after secret video footage showed some supposedly serene monks raising hell, playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking.

The scandal erupted just days before Koreans observe a national holiday to celebrate the birth of Buddha, the holiest day of the religion's calendar.

The head of the Jogye order, which has some 10 million followers, or about a fifth of the population, made a public apology on Friday, vowing "self-repentance".

South Korean TV networks aired shots of monks playing poker, some smoking and drinking, after gathering at a luxury lakeside hotel in late April for a fellow monk's memorial service.

"The stakes for 13 hours of gambling were more than 1 billion won ($875,300)," Seongho, a senior monk who uses one name, told Reuters on Friday.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drinking; gambling; human; monks; smoking

1 posted on 05/13/2012 12:01:13 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Buddhist monk in Vietnam supposedly burning himself to death over some perceived injustice.
2 posted on 05/13/2012 12:15:50 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: LibWhacker
That's what happens when they hang out with “THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD”.

Were they drinking Dos Equis?

3 posted on 05/13/2012 12:22:31 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

It’s a won-won situation.


4 posted on 05/13/2012 12:29:36 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: LibWhacker

The only monk I worship is Thelonious.


5 posted on 05/13/2012 12:47:41 AM PDT by Misterioso (I voted Republican all my life and all I got was a communist president.)
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To: Misterioso

You’ve got to dig to dig it, you dig?


6 posted on 05/13/2012 1:04:19 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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Well, the only monk that *I* have any respect for now is Art, who had a great career with the Redskins. For the record, any religion whose women are skinheads like Sinead O’Connor, and whose “leader” is dead and buried is of no interest to me. Bob


7 posted on 05/13/2012 1:29:05 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: LibWhacker

Those were serious stakes! What were they playing? Texas Hold’em?


8 posted on 05/13/2012 2:16:45 AM PDT by The people have spoken
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Actually.....it only looks like self-immolation.....he was smoking and drinking 180 proof at the same time...he got a little sloppy with the shots.

But seriously folks...if it’s pagan, it’s pagan...what do you expect.


9 posted on 05/13/2012 2:25:26 AM PDT by Puckster
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To: Kickass Conservative
"I don't usually drink, but when I do, it's with monks."
"Stay thirsty my friend."
10 posted on 05/13/2012 2:47:21 AM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: LibWhacker
These guys screwed up. The crimes seem non-criminal to me.
11 posted on 05/13/2012 3:01:39 AM PDT by allmost
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To: LibWhacker

It’s always night, or we wouldn’t need light. - Thelonious Monk [1917-82]


12 posted on 05/13/2012 3:03:06 AM PDT by Misterioso (I voted Republican all my life and all I got was a communist president.)
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“The stakes for 13 hours of gambling were more than 1 billion won ($875,300),”

Where do monks get that kind of moolah to squander? They must be Democrats. I would not be shocked if the K Gov’t supports them in some way


13 posted on 05/13/2012 3:07:15 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: LibWhacker

This sounds just like a democratic fundraiser.


14 posted on 05/13/2012 3:18:05 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: LibWhacker

“Kill the Buddha”.


15 posted on 05/13/2012 3:38:43 AM PDT by allmost
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“So?”

h/t Andrew Breitbart, America misses you.


16 posted on 05/13/2012 3:43:13 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Vote for the straight guy.)
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What tenant of their faith did they break? Seriously? The converted Buddhists I know are commies. This seems harmless in comparison.
17 posted on 05/13/2012 4:22:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: LibWhacker

Those monks were monkeying around.


18 posted on 05/13/2012 5:59:20 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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At least they weren’t buggering little boys and spending huge sums of money to keep it all hushed up, like that other soul-harvesting franchise.


19 posted on 05/13/2012 6:06:56 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: LibWhacker

Just more proof that the human condition is the human condition. Any person (of “the cloth” or not) who appears to live IAW God’s Laws is just better at maintaining secrets than the rest.


20 posted on 05/13/2012 6:12:22 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: LibWhacker

I’d like to get on the other side of this story....


A student is on one side of a raging river. There are no bridges. He has no boat. He shouts out to the master on the opposite bank. “How do I get to the other side?” The master shouts back: “You are on the other side.”


21 posted on 05/13/2012 7:01:50 AM PDT by foldspace (Barak Obama is still not a >convicted< criminal...)
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