Just two weeks ago, I met a devout Buddhist from Bangkok who was honestly worried that if they gave money to an orphanage, they would be reborn as a dog.
This is what they had been told by the local sangha; that giving to charities, the poor and needy, would actually lead to a lower rebirth.
And predictably they were also told in the same aDhamma-talk that they should give give give to the sangha, and they would be reborn in golden celestial realms, with a castle of gold, golden servants, jewelled clothing, etc etc.
In almost every Christian church I have been to, there is some project or collection for the poor or needy. Unfortunately, in the 5 monasteries (western monasteries too!)I have stayed at in the past few years, I have seen no such projects or concern. They gave the excess cans of food to a food-bank, and that is the full extent of their worldy involvement.
As for teaching a man to metaphorically fish, or grow cabbages or whatever, no monastery I have been to does that either.
The people who attend the teachings are middle class white folk from the comfortable suburbs, or cultural Buddhists from Asia. No hungry or helpl, and very few ethnic minorities. Reaching out to them would mean a bhikkhu would have to leave his insulated monastery, burst the bubble off peace and quiet he has manufactured for himself.
These bhikkhus actually are good people, but they just don't give priority to thinking about these things.
Sorry to say, but that's the plain truth as I see it, at the Ajahn Chah branch monasteries I have visited.
EDIT: Apologies for typos, I have a sticky keyboard.
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