“DIRTY OLD MAN” MISUSING HIS ROBE AND ABUSING PEOPLE’S TRUST. TOO MUCH POWER FOR THE HEAD PRIEST. “MOE MA MYIN, LAY MA MYIN”/FLYING HIGH IN THE SKY WITH HIS EGO.
POWER (AND TRUST, TOO) CAN CORRUPT. AREN’T THESE PROOFS ENOUGH FOR YOU?
OR, ARE YOU PRETENDING TO SLEEP? VERY HARD TO WAKE UP A (STUBBORN) MAN PRETENDING TO SLEEP. HOPELESS CASE. WON’T EVER WAKE UP. MAYBE WHEN THE HOUSE CATCHES FIRE?
SIMPLE: THE HEAD PRIEST HURT THE TEMPLE AND OTHER BUDDHIST PRIESTS AND LAY PEOPLE.
TEMPLE MUST HAVE LOST A TON OF MONEY.
BUT DID HE CARE? HE CARED FOR HIS SKIN ONLY.
LUCKILY, THE VICTIM SETTLED FOR 1 MILLION FROM THE 7 MILLION YEN SHE WAS SEEKING AS COMPENSATION.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. EVEN MONKS MUST PUBLISH MONEY REPORTS AND ACCOUNT TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAWS. NOR ARE THEY ABOVE THE COMMUNITY.
CHIBA — A woman has received a 1 million yen payout from a Buddhistpriest who indecently assaulted her during what he called a “purification ritual” in a settlement mediated by the Chiba District Court.
The 36-year-old woman received the cash payment from the 75-year-old former head priest of the Komeizan Saizenji Temple in Isumi, Chiba Prefecture.
In return she dropped a lawsuit she had filed against the priest and the Tendai Buddhist sect to which he belongs.
“He has resigned as head priest and has repented, so we decided to come to a settlement,” the woman’s lawyer said.
Tendai officials were unavailable to comment on the case.
On four different occasions from December 2005 to May 2006, the old priest performed indecent acts on the woman, using the excuse of her needing to undergo purification to rid her body of eczema that was plaguing it and feeling her up.
In May last year, the woman sued both the priest and the Tendai sect, seeking 7 million yen in compensation. The priest resigned on Jan. 31. The woman agreed to end her litigation against Tendai as part of the settlement.