Home > Asia Pacific > North Asia > S/N Korea > News & Issues

South Korean Buddhist monk slashes himself in protest

The Associated Press, August 30, 2008

SEOUL, South Korea -- A Buddhist monk slashed himself in South Korea's capital Saturday to protest alleged religious discrimination by the country's Christian president.

The 60-year-old monk used a knife to slit his stomach at Seoul's Jogye Temple, headquarters of South Korea's largest Buddhist sect bearing the same name, said sect official Lee Mi-ran.

The monk, identified by his Buddhist name, the Venerable Sambo, was taken to a hospital and his condition was not life-threatening, Lee said.

She said the monk left a note written in blood that read, "The government of (President) Lee Myung-bak should stop oppressing Buddhism."

Many Buddhists have accused Lee of favoring Christianity over their religion and filling most of his Cabinet and top presidential posts with other Christians.

Web www.buddhistchannel.tv www.buddhistnews.tv


About BTN and BTN World

Korean Buddhist News from BTN (Korean Language)

BTN donate

bc logo

Please help keep the Buddhist Channel going


Point your feed reader to this location

      About The Channel   |   Disclaimer