"The head of South Korea's largest Buddhist order apologized after several monks were filmed gambling, drinking and smoking in a luxury hotel," reports UPI, adding that a secret tape "on television showed monks apparently playing poker, with some drinking and smoking." Reuters (which calls them "hell-raising holy men"!) has more specifics on these monks gone wild as they allegedly abused Buddhists' funds: "The stakes for 13 hours of gambling were more than 1 billion won #$875,300#," Seongho, a senior monk told the news agency, which adds that six leaders have already resigned in the wake of the scandal. Making matters worse is that this bombshell comes within days of the birth of Buddha--arguably the holiest day celebrated in the Buddhist religion.
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