Shaolin Temple Monk Admonishes 20 RMB Donation, Demands 100

Shaolin Temple Monk Admonishes 20 RMB Donation, Demands 100

China’s ancient and renowned Shaolin Temple is again under criticism for its commercialization. Disguising himself as a believer, a journalist visited the Buddhist temple located in Dengfeng, Henan province. When he took 20 RMB out to donate, a nearby monk came by and admonished him: “People usually donate 100 RMB. Please donate 100 RMB.” One tourist angrily complained, “You’re even going to dictate how much donations should be? Doesn’t this make you into a for-profit orgnization? You are completely disturbing this sacred place!” Also being criticized are the number of souvenir vendors and peddlers sprawled throughout the temple.

Source: Netease

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  • mr.wiener

    Shaolin inc.

    • If you have to ask how much the donation is it means you can’t afford it.

  • Clive Rowland

    been to the same temple and had the same request, but saying that, I’ve seen it at many other temples throughout China. When visiting the Shaolin temple the monks first tried to divide our group into individuals so they could guarantee a separate donation from each of us.

  • redwhitedude

    This is so that the monks there can go into entertainment establishments when nobody is looking.

  • Mighty曹

    These damn monks are giving Buddhists a bad karma.

  • Mighty曹

    Is that Fan Bangbang with Andy Lau?

    • lacompacida

      Yep.

      • Mighty曹

        Still looking good.

  • guest

    If you want to visit a temple, go to Japan! Or Taiwan. Religion and historical sites in China is as fake as the protein that shows up in testing of milk.

  • vonskippy

    Easy solution – Don’t go there.

  • lacompacida

    Yep. Shaolin is a temple of capitalism.

  • Scilyvié

    The Deity of Wealth is actually from Taoism, not really from Buddhism.

  • UserID01

    There are some “Shaolin” monks or “Buddhist” monks that sometimes go around the city here in NYC and ask for prayers and donations. As in, here is a flyer with the address of our temple, $5 – $10 minimum donation. No donation, no flyer.

    Like… seriously? Also, what the hell is with all of the mini, micro, one paragraph stories going on? Aiming for more content, less context?

    • Dan

      Where have the ‘netizen’ comments gone?

      • Alex Dương

        The web site is undergoing changes at the moment. Short articles like this are going to be more common, but the plan is to still translate what’s popular and trending, including the comments.

        • UserID01

          Thanks for the update!

          • Alex Dương

            No problem. We understand the frustration.

  • Scilyvié

    To be fair, many Chinese get it confused too, so maybe they told you it’s Buddhism because they also thought it was so.

  • daz

    Fuck! That journalist’s disguise looks a bit like Andy Lau.

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