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Should Shaolin be commercialized?

( Updated: 2015-03-11 08:07

Editor's Note: The famed Shaolin Temple, led by abbot Shi Yongxin (right), has received much criticism after confirming plans for a $300-million temple complex, including a luxury hotel, in Australia. Should a temple be commercialized? Our forum readers share their opinions on this issue and you are also welcome to add yours.

Jockey (China)

I think the Shaolin culture has been overly commercialized by the abbot's strings of business activities. Even though setting up a Shaolin Temple branch abroad is good for promoting cultural exchanges, but there is no need to establish a luxury hotel and a golf course. Some of the money came from the followers' donation, and I think the donors hope that this money will be used for helping the needy. We seldom hear about Shaolin's contribution in poverty reduction or disaster alleviation.

Should Shaolin be commercialized?

Wei Gungie, 7, of the Shaolin Epo Wushu College from Dengfeng, China stretches during the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, British Columbia February 22, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

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