“No publicity is bad publicity” may work for Hollywood, but whenever Korean Buddhism hits the headlines, I’m usually sorry it wasn’t for a better reason.
This morning, the head-monk of HwaEomSa, one of Korea’s most high-profile temples committed suicide by drinking herbicide. The reason is apparently about distribution of money within the temple, but there are investigations into any deeper reasons.
It leaves me puzzled to think that it was the head monk, who I’d think to have a high level of practice to be the head monk of such a temple, but that says more of my thinking than it does of reality, I suppose. Still, I find myself asking, “What about the precepts?” And, if not the precepts, how can you hide from or escape your own Karma like this?
I’ve often found that the concept of nationality comes even before the concept of being Buddhist, among monks in Korea, and this situation points towards that direction.
May he find his way back in good time…
Jijang Bosal, Jijang Bosal, Jijang Bosal