Korean Buddhist Monks, Nuns Say Conflict With Protestants 'Serious'

October 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/UCAN


More than 70 percent of Buddhist monks and nuns who responded to a recent survey say that antagonism between their religion and Protestantism is a serious problem.

Many also said that Protestantism is the most influential religion in the country, followed by Catholicism and Buddhism.

The Research Institute of Buddhist Studies, run by the Jogye Order, South Korea's largest Buddhist order, surveyed 1,009 Buddhist monks and nuns from July to September this year and published the results on Oct. 19.

About 81 percent said that hostilities among religions in the country are a serious matter, with 74 percent highlighting conflict between Buddhists and Protestants.

Protestants have made a several inflammatory remarks against Buddhism in recent years.