sending funds to a Monk's mail adress!! - can a monk do it?

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sending funds to a Monk's mail adress!! - can a monk do it?

Postby wolf1 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:24 pm

Dear Forum Members,

i know a Monk who needs donations and he says that a lay person accept the money. and it is a foundation. he writes about Pay pal paying opportunity ALSO. but he writes his mail adress ALSO.then why he writes it??

For Donation via Western Union or Sri Lankan Post-Office Money order:
Send the funds to Mail Address:


.... adress

I WANT KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS MATTER........ :buddha1:
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Re: sending funds to a Monk's mail adress!! - can a monk do

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:32 pm

If you're not sure if it is a real monk, don't send the funds. There are plenty of scams out there and plenty of people posing as monks or nuns. There are plenty of temples and monks you could meet in-person who could benefit from your generosity. Best to give your funds in-person, in most cases, unless it is a reputable organization and you know the funds will be used for charitable purposes.
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Re: sending funds to a Monk's mail adress!! - can a monk do

Postby wolf1 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:41 pm

it's ok but i want to know also that can a monk does it? - lay peoples send funds to the Monk's mail adress. monk can not keep money in hands. then how could do it??
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Re: sending funds to a Monk's mail adress!! - can a monk do

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:51 pm

So it is a real monk and you are asking if this is allowable? It depends on one's interpretation of Vinaya. For many (perhaps most) monks, it is considered allowable in that the funds do not "touch" the monk's hands but are held in some account which can then be used for temple or other Sangha expenses. Others interpret it more strictly and say the accounts must only be managed by lay people, lay stewards.
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