This week there is a news report from China that shocked the entire Mahayana Buddhist community there. Ven Qing Xian, a 40 something yrs old Abbot of the famous Qiong Zhu monastery in Kunming, China suddenly gave up his monastic vows and got married to a 26-yr old lady. Qing Xian did not inform anyone in his monastery, but simply went to the Provincial Buddhist Association to tender his "resignation". The monks of the monastery only learned of their abbot's deeds after news of his marriage were splashed across the media. They still could not believe what happened until now. According to reports Qing Xian has been a monk for more than 20 Pansas, who also hold posts in the CCP party Kunming branch and was the vice chairman of the Provincial Buddhist Association. The lady he married is a young boss in the jade business, who probably had dealings with the abbot for some time. Ven Elder Xiu Guan commented that although we hear of young monks and novices giving up their monastic vows for various reasons, but never before in the history of Chinese Buddhism since the Tang Dynasty had anyone of Abbot level do something like that. Qing Xian has created history for being the first to do it in this Dharma Ending Age. Some journalists labelled him a "traitor" or "deserter" to the religion, and called for an investigation to be made on whether there were any corrupt activities committed during his term as abbot and vice chairman.
"Encircled with craving,
People hop round and around like a rabbit caught in a snare.
Tied with fetters and bonds they go on to suffering,
Again and again, for a long time."
Is Qing Xian not like this rabbit?