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May 15, 2012
A Buddhist prays at Jogye temple in Seoul May 15, 2012. Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist...
Seoul, South Korea
A Buddhist prays at Jogye temple in Seoul
A Buddhist prays at Jogye temple in Seoul May 15, 2012. Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order, the Jogye, have quit after secret video footage showed some supposedly serene monks raising hell, playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking. The scandal erupted just days before Koreans observe a national holiday to celebrate the birth of Buddha, the holiest day of the religion's calendar. Ja Seung, the head of the Jogye order, which has some 10 million followers, or about a fifth of the population, made a public apology on May 11, 2012, vowing "self-repentance". Ja Seung began bowing 108 times at the temple every day from Tuesday and will continue to do so for 100 days as he tries to expiate the sins of the monks involved in the scandal. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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