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Is it OK for a Buddhist teacher to charge their students an hourly rate for their time?

It's not OK. “It’s not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ānanda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when five qualities are established within the person teaching. Which five? “...
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What is the reason why Buddhist monks don't work to support themselves? Do the monastic rules prohibit them from working?

I recommend you to read the Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta. Kasi Bharadvaja was a farmer who asked this exact question from the Buddha. Monks dedicate their lives to spiritual development. They do not have ...
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What are the benefits of Dhamma in this very life that could be understood by a beginner?

Karma works in this life too. If you are kind to people, you create friends, then friends will take care of you. This is called karma - creating conditions for your future, in this life. When you are ...
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are mundane acts of compassion meaningful?

Yes. Generosity, kind words and helpfulness are all meaningful to the Buddha, however small. From Vaccha Sutta: "I tell you, Vaccha, even if a person throws the rinsings of a bowl or a cup into ...
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Details on what may be given as alms

Offering of alms to monks and nuns is likely different in Buddhist minority countries, compared to Buddhist majority countries. Please see this page by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia (BSWA)...
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Details on what may be given as alms

It is important to consider the monk or nun does not eat after noon (12pm) therefore what you offer them must sustain or nourish them for the rest of the day. Also, it depends on whether you visit ...
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What is the reason why Buddhist monks don't work to support themselves? Do the monastic rules prohibit them from working?

From this guide for laypersons interacting with monks: The Buddha suggested that the basic source of food for bhikkhus was that received on the morning alms round (pi.n.dapaata). This daily ...
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Can Generosity be Poison?

Yes (I think some gifts may have a poisonous effect), and so perhaps should care who you give to, and what. You might also be careful about what you accept -- someone who only accepts what they need ...
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What would be the motivation for an arahant to perform generous deeds?

"Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others' suffering. It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see ...
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Selfless charity to poor and needy

Charity is recommended as a practice as it cultivates Metta(kindness), Karuna(compassion) in the mind. Buddhism does not say to be selective when you are giving for charity. It just mentions that ...
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Details on what may be given as alms

Mr./ Mrs. Smith, that is a very thoughtful question. Generally you may offer what ever you feel inspired or feel that it is of use, regardless if the Monk might be allowed or willing to receive, would ...
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Mendicants in the 21st century

A bhikkhu is literally 'one who lives by alms'. However, it is not the same as a beggar because the laity that provide the alms get something in return - access to the wisdom and insight of the ...
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What is the reason why Buddhist monks don't work to support themselves? Do the monastic rules prohibit them from working?

Gharāvāsa (layman) = ghara (house) + vasa (living) = the person who live in the house with 5 kāmaguṇa, the cause of disturbance, such as color, sound, smell, taste, and touch. And if you even read M.N....
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What does mass donation of the Dhamma mean?

Here are a couple of lines of Pali (the first two lines of the verse at the end of the sutta): “Yo dhammayāgaṃ ayajī amaccharī, Tathāgato sabbabhūtānukampī ; Here are the same lines from the ...
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Possible for "Hungry Ghosts" to gain path? Possible to help them out?

In the traditional presentation, pretta (hungry ghosts or shadows) are stuck in a (subjective) world where everything is fake, particularly food - including the metaphorical food of love - but also ...
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Is it OK for a Buddhist teacher to charge their students an hourly rate for their time?

The Buddha taught the Dhamma is a "gift". A "gift" is something given free of charge. The best of gifts is the gift of the teaching. Etadaggaṃ, bhikkhave, dānānaṃ yadidaṃ dhammadānaṃ. ...
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Is it OK for a Buddhist teacher to charge their students an hourly rate for their time?

Hm. What exactly will this person be teaching you? Buddhist philosophy? Proper sitting posture? Some special 'technique'? Most buddhist things you can learn for free from other teachers, so in what ...
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SN 41:3,4 Where do these monks vanish to?

It should be not understood as "rejection" or disprove if offered isn't made use of, good householder, can have many reasons, often Vinaya. Ones act of merits (if meritorious intended) ...
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What are the benefits of Dhamma in this very life that could be understood by a beginner?

"Beginners" should be taught what is honest & true (rather than speculations & superstitions). For example, the Maha-Mangala Sutta lists the many blessings of the Buddha-Dhamma, ...
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What percent of income do Buddhists give to temples?

From DN Book 3 8:265, Buddha said 25% is to be consumed, 50% is to be in investment/trading, 25% is to be in keep for retirement or emergency safe. This does not include donation reserve to answer ...
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What are the benefits of Dhamma in this very life that could be understood by a beginner?

The immediate benefits of Dharma are many many, depends on how the student gets it. As a personal experience, from someone who almost "despised" when learnt the "world religions, Buddhism" on primary ...
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Dana, Dhamma Talk or Retreat

Merits, through ‘Daana’, ‘Sila’ & ‘Bhavana’ bring you joy. But Bhavana (Meditation) is not so important at the start. So leave the retreats for a later date. As the Buddha preached: “Don’t ...
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Verses and lines of dedication of merits: Does one like to share traditional and personal verbal ways?

There are probably as many answers to this question as there are Buddhists, but as you ask the question to all, I thought maybe I can offer something about the rule, rather than the form. There are ...
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Selfless charity to poor and needy

In my past browsing of the suttas, I do not recall any teachings about giving & generosity that emphasize giving to the poor, apart from the duties of the Universal Monarch, which states: And ...
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What would be the motivation for an arahant to perform generous deeds?

If i understand correct (would like a confirmation or saying its wrong by someone who knows) when you dont have a hindrance you have the opposite of it - so when you dont have ill will - so its ...
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How to propery pay back goodness and develop gratitude?

I think that a typically Buddhist recommendation is that you try to be "easy to support". For example if someone tries to do you a kindness (for example, by offering you food), then you're &...
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