Monks of Shaolin Temple of China. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Help wanted: Ancient Buddhist temple famed for its kung fu monks seeks media directors to build brand. English and social media skills required. Not necessary to be a monk, practice martial arts or eat vegetarian.

That ad placed by China’s 1,500-year-old Shaolin temple already has drawn a brisk response.

Chinese state media reports Friday said 300 media professionals, business executives and recent graduates of top overseas universities have sent their resumes for the position. Although the temple’s monks are all male, men and women are both invited to apply for the two positions on offer.

The move is the latest attempt by the enterprising abbot Shi Yongxin to exploit the temple’s fame in the name of propagating Buddhist thinking and culture.

Calls to the temple’s publicity office rang unanswered Friday.

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