From Manager, July 20, 2017
Monk: A monk is high… untouchable
Hungry ghost: A hungry ghost is also high!
Caption: The same height and can’t see the difference.
[Refers to an incident which senior monks criticized the director of the National Office of Buddhism for an investigation of the temple’s funds. There was a report that some senior monks made a complaint that monks had a high status in society and were well respected by the people and should not be investigated.
This cartoonist notes that some temples have corruption problems with donations–using the donations for their own sake.
It compares the corrupt monk who steals donations with a hungry ghost. The hungry ghost is traditionally believed to stay around temples to suck up people’s donations of merit.
Thus, both are parasites of the people’s goodwill.]