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SIX senior Buddhist monks offered to resign this week after they were captured on secret video footage drinking, playing poker and smoking at a luxury hotel in South Korea.

The leader of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism made a public apology today and said an internal investigation into the footage was launched last week, The Korea Herald reported.

The video – recorded by a hidden surveillance camera in a hotel room in Jangseong – shows the men gambling and carousing before a memorial service for a dead Zen Master at Baekyang Temple on April 23.

A former member of the Jogye Order’s head office lodged a complaint and accused eight monks of being involved in 13 hours of gambling. The total sum won during the poker game was one billion won ($875,000).

Among the group were two spiritual leaders, high-ranking monks and abbots from branch temples.

Ven. Jaseung, who leads the Jogye, ordered severe disciplinary actions against those involved.

The nirvana of these people.

Update: Now with video! (hat tip: Ambrosine)

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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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