Of Buddhists and “Call me Maybe”


Pum Jong is a Buddhist Monk in the Son’gwang sa temple in South Korea. We spent yesterday evening speaking about some of his trips. About the most recent one to Venezuela, where he mingled with some of the anti government protesters. And of the one in 88 to Berlin, where American soldiers let him cross to the East Side of the wall to snap a quick photo. Pum Jong also invited us to dinner. We learned that to avoid waste, the monks fill their plates with water after dinner, and drink any leftover. We also saw how even in the mountain, they are well connected. During dinner, a young monk’s phone rang. The tone was “Call me maybe”.



Pum Jong es un monje budista en el templo de Son’gwang sa en el sur de Corea del sur. Ayer pasamos la tarde hablando de sus viajes. Del más reciente a Venezuela, donde se mezcló con manifestantes anti Gobierno. Y del del 88 a Berlín, donde los soldados americanos le dejaron pasar al lado Este por dos minutos para una foto rápida. Pum Jong también nos invitó a cenar. Entre otras cosas aprendimos que para no desperdiciar nada, al terminar de comer los monjes llenan su plato de agua y beben los restos de comida. También que aun estando en el monte están bien conectados. Durante la cena a un monje joven le sonó su smartphone. El tono era “Call me maybe.”

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