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Ringling, Barnum, and Shaolin: The Saddest Show on Earth
« on: April 07, 2015, 08:46:47 pm »
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SYDNEY, Australia -- After more than 1,500 years in existence, Dengfeng’s revered Shaolin Temple is to soon start building its first international outpost in Australia.

The renowned Buddhist retreat and kung fu school have completed eight years of complex negotiations with local governments in New South Wales to establish a site for the new temple.

The A$380mil (RM1.1bil) resort will be constructed in the pristine wilderness of Comberton Grange in Jervis Bay, 200km south of Sydney.

It will be centred on more than 2,000ha of purchased forest land which China’s Shaolin Temple, currently led by abbot Shi Yongxin, paid A$5mil (RM14.5mil) for.

more here >>> http://buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=49,12252,0,0,1,0#.VSSfMU2UCUk


My comparison of the Shaolin Temple to a three-ring circus might seem inappropriate to some people, but it is what it is: a shameless for-profit corporation lead by a hungry ghost in the flesh:

Mr. Buddhism Inc.: Shaolin Temple's Shi Yongxin
http://www.newsweek.com/mr-buddhism-inc-shaolin-temples-shi-yongxin-65635

Shaolin abbot cancels appearance due to sex scandal
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20111015000027&cid=1103

Shaolin Temple denies abbot sex scandal
http://enews.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/40340

The fact of the matter is that Shi Yongxin should have been disrobed back in 2011 because his trips to the brothel were clearly in violation of the vinaya --- excuse my language, but it's crap like this that gives Ch'an Buddhism a bad name, where this miscreant can wheel and deal and buy his way out of things (as well as buy his way into things with the millions at his personal disposal).


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Re: Ringling, Barnum, and Shaolin: The Saddest Show on Earth
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 02:37:14 pm »
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DK is right - stuff like this is bad for Buddhism in general

Its not for me to judge, but come on....really?
The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

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Re: Ringling, Barnum, and Shaolin: The Saddest Show on Earth
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 03:17:09 pm »
Chinese job hunting websites also advertise positions for monks and nuns, like any regular form of employment. Salaries are specified, daily working hours are set at eight, and food and accommodation are provided. The temples benefit from this arrangement because they make money from the tourists, on whose behalf the monks light incense and perform rituals. Tourists also sometimes pay entrance fees to temples, and buy expensive and elaborate sticks of incense and other trinkets, calling on the Buddha to assist them in their worldly pursuits.

 


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