Poker and Buddhism don't go hand in hand

Unusual story circulating these days: Buddhist dignitaries had to resign in South Korea after a video was circulated showing them playing poker (betting thousands of dollars), smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. On the video, we see 8 co-religionists in Jangseong County hotel rooms. This session of poker had League last month.

It is clear that gambling is prohibited in South Korea with the exception of a few specific areas where casinos have been erected for tourists. The accused were part of the Jogye order, the largest Buddhist affiliation of South Korea (with 10 million members on the 50 million South Koreans).

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