For 3,000 yuan, worship Japanese war criminals! Why are “high monks” making money, why are there more and more bottom lines?

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A few days ago, a man urinated in public, but it attracted a lot of applause.

Because of his convenient place, it is Xuanzang Temple in Nanjing.

For the past 5 years, this temple has dedicated 5 The tablet of a Japanese war criminal who invaded China, and the enshrined person is signed “Wu Ah Ping”.

Once the incident was exposed, the group was angry.

The Central Committee of the Communist Youth League also immediately criticized: “Forgetting the ancestors, shameful, hateful!”

In addition to anger, many netizens believe that this is Infiltration of the enemy, hidden spies among the people.

However, the investigation showed that Wu Ahping’s enshrining the tablet of the war criminals of the Japanese invaders was personal behavior and was not instructed< /span>. According to her confession, enshrining war criminals just wanted to “resolve the grievances”.

Whether what she says is true or false,Xuanzang Temple must take the greatest responsibility.

According to the current information, Xuanzang Temple has made two major mistakes:

1. Without verification, the tablet was enshrined for the Japanese war criminals of aggression against China;

2. In February this year After being discovered by believers, the tablet was removed in time but it has not been reported.

This may not be a simple mistake.

Media reports that the former host of “Fax” has a number of companies, which have been exposed to being deeply involved in loan litigation disputes and complaints from tourists about selling calligraphy and painting. money.

fax, for a beauty salon platform

Xuanzang Temple is no longer a clean place for Buddhism, and this is also the epitome of some temples.

They prefer to turn their beliefs into business rather than eating fast and reciting Buddha.

From “Patriotism Education Base”,

to “Forgetting the Ancestors by Numbers”

Xuanzang Temple, you can tell from the name that it has a lot of background.

The temple claims to inherit the national spirit of Master Xuanzang, “educate people today, and inspire those who come”.The first teenage patriotism education basewith temples as the carrier in Suzhou.

is magical and ironic enough. In this regard, the “masters” in Xuanzang Temple are to blame.

The first is the monk Lingsong who received Wu Ahping.

In 2017, Wu Ahping went to Xuanzang Temple and asked to enshrine 6 tablets, 5 of which were Japanese war criminals who invaded China. She lied that these ghosts were her friends, but Lingsong did not verify it, so she asked her to pay 3,000 yuan per year for each tablet according to the charging standard for 5 years.

After the incident was exposed, the media discovered that Lingsong had also He was sentenced to 2 years in prison for driving a vehicle out of the temple without the consent of the abbot and killing someone in a traffic accident. Even so, he often attends social events as a representative of Xuanzang Temple.

Another person who needs to take on more responsibility is the fax of the original host of Xuanzang Temple.

Faxing to know about the enshrinement of war criminals, made the wrong decision: blocked the message and did not report to the supervisor since then department report.

Fax is not a simple monk, he knows the seriousness of the matter better than anyone.

In addition to being the person in charge of Xuanzang Temple, he used to run a company and make movies, just like a businessman.

Enterprise check shows that fax is associated with 7 companies and holds 3 companies, one of which is called “Nanjing Sanzang Culture Media Co., Ltd.” , has produced two films, namely “Sanzang Pagoda 1942” and “Qixia Temple 1937”, both of which were screenwriters and producers by Fax.

Ironically, “Qixia Temple 1937” The Chinese version of “Schindler’s List” is related to the Nanjing Massacre. The film also had a 6-year lawsuit with others because of the unclear funding accounts.

But compared to these, what made fax more famous in the past was his deep into the officialdom, both sides.

Southern Weekend wrote an article “The Abbot’s Official Friends”, in which the fax said: “My circle of friends has 60,000 There are more than 400 chat groups.” There are many officials among friends.

For dealing with officials, the fax said:“He is in awe when he can come to the temple, He’s still a salvageable cadre.”But to his face, some officials who were close to him were later dismissed due to various problems.

The upper beam is not straight and the lower beam is crooked, this time Things cannot simply be attributed to chance or mistake.

If it weren’t for the money and management loopholes, such an accident should not happen at all.

The sour temple business: Fodu rich people

Bearing the name of Xuanzang, Xuanzang Temple does not have the demeanor of Xuanzang.

But that doesn’t seem to be unusual. Some temples have long been farther and farther from the image in people’s hearts.

According to data from the Buddhist Association of China, by the end of 2020, of the 32,600 existing temples in China, 20% The above temples were commercialized.

Not only the Shaolin Temple, but also the four famous Buddhist mountains in China— – Mount Emei, Mount Jiuhua, Mount Putuo, Mount Wutai – also have in-depth commercial layout. As early as 1997, Mount Emei was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in the name of a tourism company.

Many temples have fallen into a big pit: over-commercialization.

From then on, the monk who rang the bell and recited the scriptures did not necessarily think about how to comprehend the Dharma, but how to make more money.

Services like enshrining tablets in Xuanzang Temple are provided by most temples and are also routine operations.

In the era of mobile Internet, it is even possible to apply for a memorial tablet onlineonline, to worship People don’t have to be there. This is like donating sesame oil money to the merit box, and now you can scan the QR code to pay.

Compared to offering tablets, < span>Burning incense and worshipping Buddha is a more down-to-earth and more profitable way.

Praying incense, auspicious incense, family blessing incense, etc., with various names and prices ranging from dozens to thousands Wait.

Burning the first incense is even more popular.

On New Year’s Eve, in order to burn the first incense stick, many people rushed to the temple after the New Year’s Eve dinner. Every New Year’s Eve, Hangzhou Lingyin Temple tickets will also increase from 30 yuan to 200 yuan, usually limited to 6,000 tickets, and they will be sold out in 2 hours at the fastest time.

In addition to these general operations, < span>The way to make money in temples is getting wilder.

The leader is of course the Shaolin Temple.

On April 6 this year, Zhengzhou listed a piece of commercial land for sale, and Henan Tiesong Digital Technology Co., Ltd., which was established only two weeks ago, sold it for 452 million yuan. Yuan won. Yuanhan Industrial, one of the company’s two major shareholders, is owned by Shaolin Intangible Assets Management Co., Ltd. The current Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin holds 80% of the shares.

Shaolin Temple also co-branded with the brand to launch national trendy products such as professional kung fu shoes and Zen-Ara-Han shoes; cooperate with third-party companies to develop Shaolin music ; even consecrated 10 Unicom mobile phone numbers, and the Unicom company made an auction profit of more than 320,000 yuan.

In order to make full use of the brand equity, Shaolin Temple has always been Applied for more than 700 trademarks, including convenience food, lamps, catering and accommodation, feed, jewelry, etc., the coverage is staggering.

Because the money is quick and easy, there have even been many privately contracted temples in China.

As early as 2012, used a full-page news report on the monastery contract, titled “The Black and Gold Truth Behind Incense”.

What’s more weird is the one in Yi County, Baoding City, Hebei Province. “Grandma’s Temple”.

The gods enshrined in the temples include not only Confucius, Jesus, Tathagata, Jigong and other great gods, but also more than ten statues in their hands. The steering wheel’s “car god”, “car god grandma”, etc., whatever you want, the grandmother temple will create any god for you.

It’s just for money, of course.

The Grandma Temple is contracted by the villagers and then subcontracted to others. Basically, the one with the highest price wins.After winning the bid This year’s incense money belongs to the secondary contractor. And according to reports, during the annual lunar March temple fair, the entire Grandma Temple can achieve a turnover of 40 million yuan in just 15 days.

In short, how many yuan you have, how many connections you have with the Buddha.

Monks can make money, but they cannot be killed with one stick

< span>The monk who should have been born is keen to devote himself to the world, which has a great conflict with the cognition of ordinary people, and it is inevitable to attract controversy and even scolding.

However, the commercialization of temples and the profit of monks are not all about money.

Undeniable, there will be some monks who are snobbish like faxes, but in most cases, monks are not just black and white.

Shi Yongxin once said that monks also have to eat, which is his original intention to promote the commercialization of Shaolin Temple. He also once said: “(monks) can’t just learn Buddhism and don’t care about anything. If you are hungry, you will have food, and if you are cold, you will have clothes. Isn’t that doing evil?”< /p>

And, use the temple to raise the temple is a basic religious policy in our country, and all kinds of expenses in temples must basically be solved by themselves.

A monk who can’t make money, even survival is a problem, not to mention the promotion of Buddhism.

In addition to basic expenses, the money they earn will be used to repair and care for the ancient temples and antiques in the temple, ranging from hundreds of thousands , as many as tens of millions.

More importantly, the great monks want to help the needy and save sentient beings, and need money more.

According to research data, Buddhism is one of the five major religions. The religions that contribute the most to charities are well above the average.

During the Wenchuan earthquake, Luohan Temple put aside the rules and regulations, and accepted mothers to give birth, confinement, and eat meat and fish in the temple. The abbot proposed: “Unconditionally accept the victims, provide all the supplies unconditionally, and provide three meals a day and hot water unconditionally.”

As of August 8 of the same year, when the hospital moved out of the monastery, the Luohan Temple helped 108 babies to be born safely in the temple, which the locals call “Luohanwa”.

Including the Shaolin Temple, which has been criticized by the outside world for being polluted by copper odor, it has cooperated with Henan Charity Federation since 2003 and took the lead in the whole province. The “One Thousand Orphans Rescue” campaign helped more than 1,000 orphans. The abbot Shi Yongxin also personally created the “Shaolin Kindergarten” to raise more than 100 orphans until they became adults.

Other well-known temples have also set up foundations for various public welfare undertakings such as bridge construction, road construction, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection projects.

Last year, Zhu Xiaohu, managing director of Jinsha River Ventures, mentioned that received a 100,000 yuan angel investment from the Jade Buddha Temple. The Jade Buddha Temple explained that this is a project they participated in to encourage college students to start their own businesses. It is funding, not investment. The temple does not take’s equity and does not participate in dividends.

So, for monks to make money, there is no need to bring Bad stereotypes.

The key is to see whether the commercialization is reasonable, what money to make, and why.

What’s more, in many cases, it’s not necessarily temples, but scenic spots. It is not the abbot who decides, but the leader.

Compared to the government, businessmen, and believers, monks have the weakest right to speak and decide. Many Buddhists, including Shi Yongxin, have been calling for free tickets many years ago, but it is difficult to push forward.

Not temple commercialization, but commercial invasion of temples .

Turn the temple into a business, and the behavior without bottom line is more likely to happen.

For temples, whether it is active or passive commercialization, we must be vigilant.

In order to maintain operations and do good deeds, commercialization is understandable, but must not regard revenue and profit as the only KPI .

Because I have some money, I can’t earn it.

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The author of this article| Xiang Liao