"A group of monks who gamble, drink and smoke in a hotel room is tainted in the eyes of all people in the nation," said civic group Buddhist Solidarity for Reform, but the big question was where all that money did came from?, as a bunch of ‘supposedly serene monks’ was caught on video raising hell, playing high-stakes poker while drinking and smoking at a luxury lakeside hotel after gathering for a fellow monk's memorial service late in April in South Korea.
Reuters said the head of the Jogye order, which has some 10 million followers, made a public apology on Friday, vowing "self-repentance," and six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit over the scandal that erupted just days before Koreans observe a national holiday to celebrate the birth of Buddha, the holiest day of the religion's calendar.
A senior monk Seongho said he had obtained ‘a thumb drive’ that contains a video clip from a camera hidden in the hotel, but would not say who his source was because of threats against him.
He said "the stakes for 13 hours of gambling were more than 1 billion won ($875,300). Basically, Buddhist rules say don't steal. Look at what they did, they abused money from Buddhists for gambling."