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the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Postby SamKR » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:50 am

Teaching Dhamma is Dana: the greatest Dana. When someone is asking money for teaching Dhamma, he/she is trading Dhamma. It may not be "unethical" but it does not sound right.

It does not make any sense because teaching about Dana including Dhammadana is itself a part of Dhamma-teaching.

"Selling Dhamma" is such a terrible idea, I wonder how it can arise in the mind of a Dhamma teacher. There must be some conditions for its arising. :thinking: :?
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Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Postby SamKR » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:13 am

I feel if any "Dhamma-teacher" is charging money for teaching Dhamma, he/she is not a genuine Dhamma-teacher; need to avoid them. This criteria makes the number of genuine Dhamma-teachers even less when we already have a dearth of Dhamma-teachers.

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Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

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Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Postby Beautiful Breath » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:27 am

No excuse for charging, its disgusting!

If you're short of cash get a job for goodness sake, don't charge for imparting the Dhamma.

How anyone can excuse this is beyond belief...it stinks of moral bancruptcy.

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Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Postby Vakresvara » Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:40 am

Hello everyone and this is my first posting. I felt the need or compelled to write an opinion over this matter, due to my own previous experiences in life. Coming from other religion schools, and discovering Dhamma as the greatest gift, provided me with the great realization, in my search for true practice.

The greatest teachers, whom are well known to be enlightened beings; Arahants, have not ever charged for teaching the Dhamma (Teachings of the Buddha), they gave themselves without reserves to others, by walking the path with huge sacrifices, and when they attained the greatest levels of self-realization, they distributed to others freely, without materialistic conditions, and we should remember, that Lord Buddha said prior to his passing away; “One who sees the Dhamma sees me and one who sees me sees the Dhamma”.

They understood their responsibilities, and carried them out by Eating a Little, Sleeping a Little a Chatting a Little, a life of renunciation, reducing every possible way to infringe on others the burden of taking care for them. Dhamma is not a mean to get support; Dhamma is a way to benefit and offer support to others.

With no intention to offend anyone, and with the only purpose to share my experience with others, I wrote this posting, please, forgive me if in any way I caused you any discomfort.

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Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Postby cooran » Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:53 am

Well said Vakresvara!

Some teachers are lay practitioners - as is my teacher Patrick Kearney - and, although having to support himself and wife - he only takes donations, and does not charge a fee.

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