A commercial funerary-urn company that is accused of ruining a scenic Buddhist hub in Lantau has hit back at one of its attackers, saying the nuns' group is also eyeing the land for such a purpose. The nuns say they got the site for practising religion and have no intention to develop a columbarium. The argument came after some 30 monks and nuns combined in a rare press conference on Wednesday to complain that the company, Hong Kong Yin Hing Monastery, was intruding into Luk Wu, the basin in Lantau where the nuns had quietly practised religion for decades. The company, in having converted the temple for urns, and selling them to the public, is seen as breaching the land lease it has from the Lands Department. The department said the issue might lead to court action, as the company had disputed the lease interpretation. On Thursday, the company said it was in the process of registering itself as a non-profit organisation. 'All surplus from urn sale will be used for charity,' it said. 'It is groundless to say we are making profit.' The company bought the site in 2007 and is selling urn niches for HK$35,000-$209,000 each. It denied harassing monks or nuns to pressurise them into selling their abbeys to it, saying it had stopped all land-acquisition plans in January last year. The statement did not mention the legality of its land use. The company drew attention to the land records of Su Bong Zen Monastery, one of the group that spoke against it on Wednesday, which had acquired four lots, one last year for HK$1.3 million and three in March this year for HK$1. The company said it suspected Su Bong was trying to buy up the rest of the sites in Luk Wu. It has taken legal action to demand an apology from two nuns who accused it of harassment. Yesterday, the Venerable Hyang Um, nun in charge of Su Bon Zen Monastery, denied her monastery had any plans for a columbarium. She said the monastery had received three lots - on which a two-storey house of about 1,000 sq ft stands - from fellow Buddhists last year as a gift to practise the religion and meditation. Before that her group only owned one 700 sq feet house in the area. The remaining lot, comprising a 400 sq ft house, was bought earlier this year from a nun who left Hong Kong for Malaysia. 'The master did not want the place to become urns, so she sold it to us,' she said. 'We will never build and sell any niches.' She maintained that her group was a registered charity, with all income from believers' donations. The monastery has had celebrities as their followers, such as writer Eunice Lam Yin-nei. There are about 30 abbeys in Luk Wu, the oldest set up 130 years ago. The place has been a temporary home for respected monks from the mainland and other place. The monasteries are open to members of the public seeking spiritual retreat.