Three Buddhist monks were dismissed from a temple in Yangzhou after a video went viral earlier this week, revealing to the world that all monks do not in fact know kung fu.
In the video, the monks are seen fighting with less than expert timing in a 15-second-long scuffle, featuring a lot of what appears to be hair-pulling. Others monks are seen trying to break up the fight while their buddies help by filming it with their smartphones.
The tall monk seems to get the worst of the ordeal, getting bashed in the head a number of times, even with a smartphone, but by the end of the video seems well enough to at least check on his own smartphone.
Yesterday, the abbot of the temple revealed via WeChat that the three monks involved in the fracas had been expelled, never to return, sent to wander along in the wilderness, waiting for their chance at redemption, or at least that’s how it seem to work in the movies.
ECNS reports that the monks were all mid-level managers at Ningguo Temple in Yangzhou and the fight was over some trivial management issue between rivals that had personal grudges against each other simmering for some time. Ah, the complicated world of temple politics.
Video of the fight went viral on Chinese social media, with many netizens believing it was representative of larger problems in Chinese Buddhism.
“Many monks these days are not sincere in their beliefs, eventually their true colors come out,” commented one netizen.
“They have embarrassed all monks, especially with their poor fighting skills,” wrote one Weibo user.
“I am not familiar with what type of kung fu this temple teaches,” joked another.
Watch the video below with some perfect musical accompaniment:
And here’s a bonus video also circulating on Chinese social media: