Zen Dissident Ousted from Chinese Temple

Zen Buddhist Master Shengguan

Zen Buddhist Master Shengguan held a ceremony honoring people killed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He was ousted from his temple in August. Anthony Kuhn hide caption

itoggle caption Anthony Kuhn

A Zen Buddhist master has been expelled from his temple in southern China, accused in an anonymous letter of illicit relations with women in his congregation.

Master Shengguan denies the charges. A member of his congregation says the real reason authorities wanted to expel Shengguan was because he stopped crooked monks from embezzling donations to the temple.

But the Buddhist monk says that the most immediate cause for his expulsion was the religious ceremony he held on June 4. He said the service was to save the souls of people killed in Beijing during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

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