I totally second that Danny....Originally Posted by Pro Image
just curious, as a non buddhist, do buddhist monks have to take a vow of poverty?
Originally Posted by uncleparty
Buddhist monks generally are suppose to be generous to others as one of the 10 good deeds. Monks generally take alms and not suppose to keep material as they are not suppose to be too attach to worldly stuffs.
As for Renci CEO, he will have to answer to his deeds for whatever he do. Yes, I do see monk driving mercs and I felt, they have violated the teachings.
Personally, I felt most of the charity orgs (not all) runs similar like NKF, it is which is more "sucessfully" in fund raising.
Wei, 1Ds MK II is around 12K plus already......plus 24-70 and 70-200 and a 580EX plus Lowepro. That will total up to around 15K over.....Originally Posted by jeff49er
i saw him shopping in Taka Christian Dior Boutique,and he stays in stamford crest suite at swissotel one hor..
dun play play..nowadays it is just another job i guess..
No wonder Mrs. Goh said it was Peanuts! :-)Originally Posted by freeworld
At least the monk made his salary public........being a monk these days doesn't mean they have to cut all wordly things, but they should not have attachments to it, is the most important thing I guess........what he does with the salary, I am not sure. It is for a job done, but then the question arises: can a monk work for a salary?
Even Buddha don't have such indulgence..Originally Posted by kex
Still the following month salary to pay off the instalment.Originally Posted by Pro Image
I'm donating peanuts...
this kinda lifestyle really make Buddha jump over the wall... i also wanna be a monk...Originally Posted by amospi
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Men depends on clothings, Buddha depends on gold plating ma... never hear before?Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
i dunno if the 'monks' you guys have seen on the streets are real or not. cos it's not difficult to buy some outfit and dress as one to ask for donations.
There are the other type of monks which I would unofficially call 'commercial' monks/priests. They offer services to 'send off' the deceased for a 'token sum'. These commercial ones knows the rites and rituals but are not your typical ones that resides in temples. They're there only to offer services for their know-hows.
I sell cameras and clean lenses doesn't mean I have to be a photographer right?
I sell ferraris and sports cars doesn't mean I have to be a race driver right?
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” - Adolf Hitler
For me...Originally Posted by Pro Image
Canon 20D = abt $2,300
16-35 f/2.8 = abt $3,500
70-200 f/2.8 = abt $3,500
Speedlite 580EX = $800
Lowepro Stealth Reporter AW200 = abt $150
Total = $10,250
Out of $15,000 = $4,750
Just nice for a nice 3wks trip to Japan again.
"Wonders of the Human Mind. Unfathomable to the highest degree."
why does anyone needs 15k/month salary?
Money is evil
Churches? Yes, some churches collect like 10% of the salary of the entire congregation, which amounts to some indecent some of money. They can build huge churches and pay their pastors and all fat pay. Subject to abuse, and becos the amount is so huge and it become tempting for some. Moreover, the control is not tight and they got trust in the name of God. Sooner or later, we might hear some scandal involving church funds.Originally Posted by brandonb
I love big car, big house, big lenses, but small apertures.
Originally Posted by Astin
Money itself is not evil. Afterall, how can peanuts be evil ?
Monks, priests, christian pastors... whatever... At the end of the day, everyone of them is a human. Strip them of their robes they are all the same. At the end of the day, CEOs, scholars, prime ministers etc etc.. All are humans. To say $ means little to humans is an understatement I think. No matter how much you can proclaim you are pious, etc etc, do things for other "higher' reasons, we are all tempted by worldly pleasures in one way or another.
Priests in corruption and child abuse, monks in adultery, pastors who lead a "glitzy" Hollywood lifestyle... ALL ARE HUMANS!
we can only speculate on what is right or wrong for these humans to get fat salaries and live 'lavish' lifestyles....eg pastors staying in Orchard condo; have private lifts, pastor-turn-pop singer, corrupt priests & CEOs etc....
My take is that let them do & say what they like.
If they are caught, they deserve the publicity & punishment (if any).
They will eventually be answerable to their God...... and the punishment will be the ultimate!
What they are going through now is peanuts