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Shaolin Temple’s ‘CEO Monk’ Survives Salacious Accusations

By Guo Qingyuan and Li Sijia
Hundreds of monks at the Shaolin Monastery, under the guidance of abbot Shi Yongxin, pray on Aug. 14, 2015, for those killed and wounded in the Port of Tianjin explosions. Photo: Chen Liang
Hundreds of monks at the Shaolin Monastery, under the guidance of abbot Shi Yongxin, pray on Aug. 14, 2015, for those killed and wounded in the Port of Tianjin explosions. Photo: Chen Liang

After a 15-month-long investigation into a $25,000 robe weaved with gold thread — and a DNA test to determine whether he had fathered a child — the abbot of the Shaolin Monastery has been cleared by China’s graft busters.

In the summer of 2015, a former disciple accused Shi Yongxin of extorting money from his students, transferring shares of the temple’s company to a mistress, and fathering a child with a nun, among other salacious claims. On Feb. 4, investigators in the central province of Henan, where the monastery is located, officially exonerated him of all charges.

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