In light of reading the Hardcore Dhamma thread, and some developments in other places I have some involvement in, it seams like a good time to ask (for me at least) one important question.
What standards should a Lay Dhamma Teacher hold themselves to?
There is no minimum standards really except the 5 precepts for any Buddhist, but as Lay Dhamma Teachers do seam to have no real conformity between them, and to assume a position of 'authority', what as possible students, or interested listener would expect?
Personally I would expect the Novice training rules to apply to them in all its entirety (including expulsion/punishment rules)except for the 10th precept directly, but I feel that would still have a bearing in some circumstances, so it would be the 8precepts with the 10th as a loose addition applicable only to selling Dhamma directly, Dhammadana is the highest gift after all.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."