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Fake monks at Bodh Gaya

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:41 am

I accidentally found "Russian TV" when scrolling through my channel choices tonight and found this segment on the news, which is also at their website:

http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-01-01/india ... monks.html

Click on the video for the news report.

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Re: Fake monks at Bodh Gaya

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:46 am

If ignorant Buddhists give money to monks to "make merit" then I guess they deserve what they get — demerit. What a pity though that their devotion is misdirected!

How could giving what is not allowable for monks be a meritorious deed?

In my opinion, giving money to bhikkhus or sāmaṇeras is the demeritorious deed of adhamma dāna — giving that which corrupts the morality of others, like giving alcohol, drugs, weapons, or sexual favours.

Giving money to eight-precept nuns (thilashins) or white robed lay followers (anāgārika) is a meritorious deed, since they are permitted to accept and make use of money.
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