Shaolin Temple: Allegations of Sexual Impropriety and Embezzlement Must Be Fully Investigated

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South China Morning Post

The Shaolin Temple is among China’s best known cultural treasures and perhaps its most famous global brand. As the cradle of Zen Buddhism and the spiritual home of kung fu and a Unesco World Heritage site, it attracts worshippers, martial arts enthusiasts and tourists. But allegations of sexual impropriety and embezzlement against its abbot, Shi Yongxin, risk tarnishing its reputation and image. Authorities have to fully investigate the claims to clear the air.

State Administration for Religious Affairs officials are investigating the claims by a former disciple. The state-run Buddhist Association of China posted on its website that the incident “had affected the image and reputation of Chinese Buddhism”. Shi is a vice-chairman…

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