Updated Nov. 27, 2018 | A Buddhist monk in Taiwan has been arrested and expelled after videos of him allegedly having gay sex and smoking meth in his temple were reportedly leaked by his ex-boyfriend.

Master Kai Hung, 29, was secretary general of the Chinese Young Buddhist Association and a rising star in the organisation until his room in Taiwan‘s Chongfo Temple was raided in November by police, who found 19 grams of amphetamine tablets, smoking pipes and a holy water bottle filled with lube, according to Shanghaiist.



Officers also discovered condoms, anal relaxants, erection medication and aphrodisiacs, as well as two USB drives containing more than 200GB of porn, including videos which it has been claimed show Kai Hung having gay sex and smoking meth.

Buddhist monk Kai Hung walks past in full garb
Kai Hung has denied that he gave drugs to other monks (mirror media)

Kai Hung’s USB drives ‘came from revenge plot’

The videos, which were released on November 20 by Taiwanese news outlet Mirror Media, are alleged to have been leaked as part of a revenge plot hatched by Kai Hung’s ex-boyfriend and a former friend, according to The Epoch Times.

The scheme was reportedly created after 21-year-old monk Shan-Chih and Kai Hung—who went out for more than a year—were involved in a minor car crash.

Kai Hung is said to have allowed Shan-Chih, who was driving the vehicle but didn’t have a licence, to take full responsibility for the accident, which Kai Hung’s friend, Cheng, thought was wrong of him.

As a result, Cheng allegedly teamed up with Shan-Chih to get their own back on Kai Hung, gaining entry to his cloud storage and downloading hundreds of videos onto USB drives.

Cheng and Shan-Chih gave three of these videos to the authorities at Tongshan Temple in the south of the country, who expelled Kai Hung in September.

Kai Hung also allegedly provided drugs to fellow monks at Tongshan Temple before he was thrown out.

After Cheng and Shan-Chih handed over the films, which appeared to include Kai Hung talking to the camera about how much he loved his “husband” despite the country not having same-sex marriage, Cheng was reportedly assaulted by six strangers.

The devout Buddhist was made to compose a letter stating: “What I did to Kai Hung damaged his reputation and caused a misunderstanding about him at Tungshan Temple. I have deep regret for what I did, and I beg forgiveness!”

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Kai Hung engagges in gay sex with fellow Buddhist monk
The monk’s alleged gay sex videos were leaked on November 20 (mirror media)

Monk faces consequences of drug-fuelled gay sex films

According to Shanghaiist, when the police arrived to raid Kai Hung’s room at his new home, Chongfo Temple in north-west Taiwan, monks tried to stall them by talking loudly so Kai Hung could have the chance to hide.

It didn’t stop Kai Hung from being arrested by the police, who charged him with violating the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act before releasing him on a NT$100,000 (£2,500) bail.

The disciple, who was taught by the chairman of the Buddhist Association of China in Taiwan and seen as a future leader after converting to Buddhism at 14, changed his behaviour drastically after the death of his mentor, Master Chihhai, Taiwan News has reported.

“I deeply regret that the unlawful conduct of Kai Hung has caused a negative backlash.”

— Buddhist leader Jing Yao

He was kicked out of Chongfo Temple following the police raid, for what monks there described as “religious discipline problems.”

Kai Hung has admitted to police officers that he took drugs, but insisted that he never gave them to anyone else.

People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage in Taiwan
Taiwan hasn’t legalised same-sex marriage yet, but may on Saturday (November 24) (CHRIS STOWERS/AFP/Getty)

He has also claimed that the videos had been leaked as part of a campaign by Tongshan Temple to smear his name over a property dispute.

Jing Yao, the chairman of the Buddhist Association of China in Taiwan, and Kai Hung’s former teacher, said: “I deeply regret that the unlawful conduct of Kai Hung has caused a negative backlash against the Buddhist world.

“I also feel deeply ashamed that I did not inspect his behaviour as a fellow Buddhist monk.”




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