The Thai monks will eat whatever is offered to them, they don't discriminate the food they eat. They are from the older tradition, whereas Chinese monks practise a newer tradition which emphasizes a lot on 'compassion', so they abstain from meat at all cost.
Yes, they can accept offering from lay people, in this case, a pair of sandal. But they won't bother whether it is branded or not; No discrimination. But one thing is certain, they won't touch money at all. U can buy them things, but don't hand them the cash!
Lots of easy money tempts the person and those around him. They may have started with noble aims. But having so much money suddenly after the charity show and with no one willing to keep him in check, this can happen.
The person feels that he has absolute authority and can get away with anything. Public adulation adds to the sense of ego. He gives himself a fancy title and gets a PHD that was from a dubious university.
His "personal assistants" also get carried away. Who would buy a $10,000 watch with some one else's supplementary credit card? i.e. some one else's money... or maybe charity's money.
Normal minded people don't do it.
Last edited by ricohflex; 23rd April 2009 at 08:12 PM.
how many people who did good got killed for nothing?
let us use a very basic example. a cat has done nothing to harm human beings, yet kids chase after it, that is still fine, they are kids, they can be forgiven. some people poison cats just because they do not like the animal. do they get punished?
what is karma, when it comes to reality? you get what you put in? not in a thousand years. maybe if you're lucky. but not everyone is that lucky.
can monks own digital SLR? I'm not saying they own, but I am just asking if they can own.
I also hope people will not generalise this case thinking that all monks are bad. This whole case is just Karma for this particular guy (=his actions and its effects), and he has to face it. The good thing is that I hope he learned what Karma is hehehehe, he apparently didn't understand it, or he didn't care, or was just too gullible
They may accept offering from devotees, but one who really aims for Nirvana will immediately give it away without any delay whatsoever.
A camera has nothing to do with spiritual cultivation. Worse still, it will make you want to take more & more photos; Where got time for meditation.
If that is the case, what is the meaning of renunciation?
will it be another can of worms that some will not want to open? as in the case of the monkey who get peanuts for running another u know what charity org?
photography makes one sees things from all angles.
up to a point some things that costs more, do lasts longer. it is so, for photographic equipement the often heard line get the best & dun need to upgrade... personally i am not the guy in the hot seat...
hmmm, where in my posts so far gave an impression i am supportive of religious buying branded goods?
have u seen the "light" yet?
I know a monk who was a successful businessman with business in the region before he was renounced. He still drive his humble toyota and stay in his old apartment like last time. If all those have been fully paid and he decides to stay this way, I think there's nothing wrong. As far as I know, even local temples may not have place for every monk or nuns who wants to stay in temple.
As for donations, if they're for the monks or nuns, then they'll have their choice of disbursement, and those for the temples will go into different sub funds, and the accounts will be audited yearly under the non-profit organisation law.
Some monks uses laptop to upload teaching materials onto the temple's web site for downloading, send out various emails on teachings and events for all students, and also work on old buddhist text for translation or commentary...Now, that i think is adapting to our new economy...
Peace everyone, and may everyone be well and happy....