Rich monk

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 November, 1994, 12:00am

I WAS intrigued to read of the Buddhist monk who died leaving a personal fortune of $12 million (South China Morning Post, November 21). This was no doubt the result of an oversight as, being a renunciate like all Buddhist monks, he would have been obliged by his vows to detach himself from all wordly things. American TV preachers, the Catholic Church and Indian 'gurus' have been criticised for surrounding themselves with riches, while asserting earthly wealth is a hindrance to spiritual advancement.

May I remind your readers of the wisdom of the late Lenny Bruce, who said: 'Anyone who calls himself a religious leader and owns more than one suit is a hustler.' I suggest that before making a charitable donation to any professedly religious person or organisation, they ascertain exactly how the money is to be used. Diversion of such funds to inappropriate uses, such as personal enrichment, might then amount to fraud and a criminal complaint could be pursued.