Monday, June 13, 2011

Jogye order mends fences with ruling elite

The Jogye Order, Korea’s largest Buddhist sect, announced on Tuesday that it would “normalize” its relationship with the ruling Grand National Party after a six-month standoff over the government’s cut of state aid for temple stay programs.

Ven. Jaseung, president of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, released an official statement at the Center for Korean Buddhist History and Culture in central Seoul, saying the organization would lift its ban on GNP lawmakers and government officials entering its member temples across the country. The statement also said the sect had decided to accept the state funding it had been rejecting since January.

“Instead of banning and blocking, we’d like to solve problems (with the government) regarding our traditional Buddhist culture and heritage wi more communication and an open approach,” Ven. Jaseung told reporters.

Continue reading at the Korean Herald.

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