Shaolin Monk Defends Lifestyle, Saying “I’m Just a Person”

Shaolin Monk Defends Lifestyle, Saying “I’m Just a Person”

A Yangtze News reporter who went to the Shaolin Temple in search of Abbot Shi Yingxin to shed some light on the recent illicit allegations made about him stumbled across another monk who defended the modern behavior of Buddhist disciples. Many have criticized the temple for its commercial activities, but one monk defended its avant-garde stance by saying the present shouldn’t be compared to 100 years ago, and that although he drives a car and has a phone, he’s still just a person. One netizen said having a car wasn’t the issue, but driving luxury ones was, whilst another said monks are supposed to be “pure”.

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  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    I think the monk missed the point of becoming a monk.

  • Sad Clown

    That makes me wonder if monks 100 years ago rode horses. Or utilised messenger pigeons.

  • Foreign Devil

    Are Monks now paid by the government? They used to survive on alms only (donations)

    • Necrogodomega

      Probably, all Monks are CPC Members as far as I know. That’s why the government even allows the “religion” to function. Total control over it.

      Also, only in China do Buddhist Monks have iPhone 6+, BMWs, lots of prostiutes, wives, children, houses. I mean they are basically businessmen.