Virgo wrote: Khemmanando bhikkhu, do the monks at your temple use money?
They do, as in most temples close to the city. When I was still in training as a navaka monk (first years of monkhood), the main Ajan teaching us emphasized keeping it to a minimum. I realize that this is a debate between forest and city monks that has been going on for a long time, and I would not want to get into the details of the theory too much here.
In practice, I have found the lay people offering money at the temple do not feel comfortable and safe giving money to a lay steward/attendant. I usually find myself passing the money on to the temple's funds rather than hoarding it, because I simply would not know what to do with it. This is what most monks at our wat do. Though ocassionally it seems difficult in a city temple to go completely without money -- you don't always have a steward with you, unless you are a experienced mahāthera perhaps. Sometimes you go by taxi, and the taxi driver simply does not accept a blessing as payment!
I do think we should step by step back again to the Buddha's original advice, which was a clear "no". But this might require some things to change in society as well.
What do you think, Kevin?