The Straits Times
July 17, 2014
SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea’s top Buddhist organisation held an experimental “prayer competition” on Thursday, featuring rapping nuns and singing monks in a bid to attract new, younger followers.
More than 300 monks and nuns packed a large temple in downtown Seoul to take part in the competition hosted by the Jogye Order.
Participants – mostly young monks – chanted prayers, or invocations, from classic Buddhist scriptures, as well as “freestyle” prayers they composed.
While many delivered traditional, monotone recitations, some opted for something bolder. A group of three young nuns delivered a blistering performance of a rap song derived from The Heart Sutra – one of the most popular Buddhist scriptures – and using their own lyrics promoting love and harmony.