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Judgment Day for Poker Playing Buddhist Monks

Back in May, eight Buddhist monks shed their rigid stereotypes by playing poker, drinking and smoking for 13 straight hours in a luxury lakeside hotel. Unknown to this group, they were being videotaped while playing with US$875,300 worth of Buddhist followers’ donations. The matter caused a huge uproar that had many people questioning the morals of these Jogye Order monks. Furthermore, the poker games took place in South Korea, where gambling outside of casinos is illegal. Judgment Day Seeing as the eight monks violated South Korean laws and played with followers’ money, they were taken to court. Since none of …

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