Kim O'Hara wrote:Jhana4 wrote:Do people have a problem with paid meditation teachers or paid dhamma teachers?
In that regard here is free 1 hour documentary about a similar debate with hatha yoga as a business in the west.
Could you summarise it, Jhana4, for those of us who haven't got an hour's worth of interest in the subject?
kirk5a wrote:I think if someone wants to teach Dhamma to such an extent that they have no time for a normal job, then let them show their commitment and ordain. And complete their own training in the process, how about that? Unless you believe in lay arahants, I don't.
The Dhamma is not for a layperson to sell because they need to "eat" I think the notion is rotten. No way can I see the Buddha giving sanction to such a thing. If the Dhamma isn't for the ordained to sell, it sure as heck isn't for laypeople to sell.
By which of course I am not saying that laypeople should not teach, or that there doesn't need to be recovery of costs for a retreat or meditation center. However, that's a separate matter from costs related to supporting the teacher.
Alex123 wrote:"One should not make the Dhamma a trade."
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Not at all. You give, in good faith, what you can. No need to make yourself feel guilty about this.Kaktus wrote: The course is offered only for dana, no other fee.I´m very aware of this fact but the question is to accept not paying as much as would be perfect or not to go at all. And i decided to go. So you can call me a parasite now.
pilgrim wrote:Godwin Samararatne of the Nilambe Meditation Centrre in Kandy was one of the most well-known lay teachers in recent times. He taught for more than 20 years at the Centre. Does anyone know the model that was used there to sustain his teaching?
4. A number of aggressive teachers are making it into a significant money making enterprise, getting legal, getting corporate and getting nasty.
pilgrim wrote:The website states that some payment is expected from those who make use of the teachings and facilities at the Centers. Can we then assume that the management of the center then pays some money, however small to the teacher? I believe it'll be difficult for a layman to commit so much time to teaching, if his expenses directly incurred in teaching, plus perhaps additional sums to cover normal expenses of living a lay life are not taken care of.
Cooran wrote:When we hear these teachings we are touched and moved, and the feelings of appreciation and gratitude naturally express themselves in the act of generosity by offering dana to the teacher, thus circulating and completing the gift. This natural response marks our entry into the economy of gift, where buying and selling are replaced by giving and receiving, and where the defining relationship is one of spiritual friendship.
Kim O'Hara wrote:Bump.
It's a real-life question, it has been bothering me for months, and I really would appreciate your input.
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