Nov. 16 (UPI) — A South Korea-based Zen Buddhist monk who’s written best-selling self-help books says he is opting out of all public appearances and returning to a lifetime of quiet meditation after a latest controversy.

Haemin, a Korean American monk whose actual title is Ryan Joo, is coming underneath criticism for his life-style after he appeared on an area tv program.

On an episode of a South Korean actuality TV present, On & Off, Haemin is seen at his personal residence in one in every of Seoul’s costliest neighborhoods, the place he enjoys an unique view of Namsan Tower, a metropolis landmark, native information service EDaily reported Monday.

Haemin’s life-style angered South Korean viewers, in line with studies. Seoul is among the most densely populated cities on the earth, the place housing costs skyrocketed in 2020 amid a surge in demand regardless of authorities insurance policies that curb lending and actual property hypothesis.

South Korean YouTube personalities mentioned the present’s depiction signifies the monk, who has mentioned he lives a lifetime of monastic self-discipline, was a hypocrite.

“He’s the greediest individual that I’ve ever identified,” mentioned “Krocodile Choi,” a heavy metallic singer with native band Sufferer Mentality, in line with JoongAng Every day.

“His meditation app requires in-app purchases,” Choi mentioned. “He’s getting cash by ripping off those that are emotionally damage with sugarcoated phrases which might be removed from supportive. All of the content material within the app may be very low high quality.”

Haemin launched the cell app, “Kokkiri,” in August 2019. The app gained greater than 330,000 subscribers in a yr, in line with EDaily.

Many Zen Buddhist monks are main public figures in South Korea. A number of monks who’ve written books and gained massive followings are People.

Hyon Gak, an American monk of Irish and German descent who goes by the moniker “blue-eyed Zen Buddhist monk” in Korea, slammed Haemin on Fb for his alleged materialistic life-style.

Hyon Gak, whose actual title is Paul Muenzen, referred to as Haemin a “parasite that steals Buddha’s knowledge for his greed.” He later deleted the remark after a cellphone name, in line with the JoongAng on Monday.