SamKR wrote: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.
Kim OHara wrote:We're negotiating our way through a meeting of cultures (I was going to say 'clash' but it's not that bad).
In (most) traditionally-Buddhist countries, the sangha were overwhelmingly the source of dhamma (and wider education and medical services) and were supported by donations from nearly everyone in the community, so it was unnecessary and unfair for them to ask for payment from individuals for any of their services.
In the west, there are multiple sources of religious teaching, education, medical services, etc, and none of them is supported by more than a minority of the population they serve, so asking for payment is both necessary and fair.
I doubt that the traditionally-Buddhist system will ever replace the western system in the west, so we are going to have to get used to different ways of supporting our teachers, lay and ordained. And I suspect we will be working them out on a case-by-case basis, as we are here.
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