|Photograph by Lho Hyun-jung|
On August 14th, the night before a patrol on foot was held, Vice Chairperson the General Student Council Kim Geon-jung uploaded a short video clip on Facebook page. He said, “We arranged this in order to inform Jogye Order’s intervention in Dongguk University and injustice of the new school president’s selection regardless of plagiarism on his journal articles.” Kim added that despite numerous efforts by Donggukians to express their opposition to religious order’s interference including press interview, solo or multi-person demonstrations, and tonsure of the vice president himself, the school is showing no response. In order to bring out the school’s reply, the council notified the school’s current circumstances as well as corruption of Jogye Order monks in high positions, to Jogye Order monks and Buddhist devotees.
Bul-Dong originally planned to end its temple circuit in Haeunjeong-sa and ask for advice from Jongjeog Sunim who is regarded as one of the most respected monks in Jogye Order. Unlike the students’ expectation, the Chairman of Buddhist devotees of the temple represented himself as a spokesperson of Jongjeong Sunim. He said that the Sunim was not in the temple at the moment and expressed negativity towards the students’ visit saying that it is rude to come, regardless of a meeting request Bul-Dong sent prior to the visit. Choi Jang-hun, the Chairperson of Graduate Student Council said, “Although we were rejected from few monks, including our final goal Jongjeong Sunim, during our protest march, we regard this as only the beginning and will continue to fight against the injustice of the school.”
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