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As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

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As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby yamaka » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:18 am

Hi all, recently I have found some cashes on the floor but do not know its owner. If base on the precepts and Vinaya, how do we handle these issues appropriately?


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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby Ben » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:24 am

Hi Yamaka,

I would take the money to the lost property office, or in a public place, to the police.
It depends on the laws of your country but in Australia, if the lost money/property is not claimed within a certain period of time, it is given to the person who found it. If that happens, its up to you what you do with it. Giving it as dana would be the most meritorious but I don't think there is anything wrong/immoral with keeping the money or goods if all reasonable steps have been taken to re-unite it with its last owner.
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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby yamaka » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:32 am

Hi Ben, thanks for your prompt reply.

I would need to explain more on my situation over my place, the public party as Police station will not be my option to report the lost money or property because once a while, I had reported a lost wallet(which worth a few thousands of cash) to the Police station and they have corrupted the lost money as their own. :shrug:

Base on the unhappy experiences, I would be re-consider another options which can really resolve the problem.

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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby Ben » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:36 am

Hi Yamaka,
I understand your dilemma!
I am sorry to hear that the police in your country are not honest.
Perhaps others will provide some better advice.
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Ben
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby Sekha » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:57 am

I think Ben's reply was pretty good, even in the case where the police will not cooperate honestly. It is just that in that case, handing the money to them is not a good option. I think every reasonable effort should be made to find who the owner is.

If this is not possible, I think donating the money is both a morally safe and meritorious way to solve this dilemma.
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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby santa100 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:06 am

set up a separate free gmail address (use a different alias to be safe), then go back to the floor and put up a note to have the owner contact this email. Ask them to state the amount they lost to make sure they're the right owner. If after a certain period and there's no claim, consider donation to charities to help the poor and the sick..

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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby Volcommerce » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:28 pm

Hi I'd like to share a story that is related to this situation you are facing to provide some perspective.

I found a wallet near my house with a few hundred dollars in it. I contacted a business with information from a card in the wallet and found out who the owner of the wallet was, I contacted them and returned the wallet and the money. The individuals offered to give me some money but I declined and was satisfied that I had done the right thing.

While travelling a few months later in Milan, a city known for materialism and greed - I lost my wallet on the subway with vital credit cards and a few hundred euro's in it. Not only was the wallet returned to the metro's lost and found office, but the wallet was recovered from the metro's lost and found office a few days later with all of my credit cards and money.

I was shocked that the individual that found the wallet had no only returned the wallet to the lost and found with all of its content, but that the individual's at the lost and found had not taken any of the money.

Its always best to do things the ''right'' way and not create foul karma.

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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:30 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: As a Buddhist, how do I handle the lost monies or goods?

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:13 am

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_


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