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Charity is Judeo-Christian and anti-Buddhist

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:30 am
by Herb Caplan
Reminder that's especially relevant for the Christmas season:

The Buddha said you should only donate to worthy, proven monks (hint: if they have 1 post on any Buddhist forum, they fail this test) or such members of your sangha.

If someone asks you to donate to a charity and the people who would be receiving your money are not Buddhist, it would be wrong for you to donate. Yes, this is making you upset, because you're brainwashed by having only known existence within an interdependent civilization that wouldn't exist without individuals making sacrifices for others. No one seems to ask, "Why?" The Buddha did.

On another note, I think it's ironic how a lot of spiritual people will simultaneously decry materialism and advocate for monetary donations. Which is it?

Re: Charity is Judeo-Christian and anti-Buddhist

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:18 am
by Nicholas
You did not give a quotation for your notion about charity, so I am pretty sure you are misunderstanding. Buddha may have said if one gives to the Sangha, the first choice should be worthy bhikkhus. But he did not limit charity from lay people to give to the Sangha only.
And how is a family man accomplished in generosity? Here, Byagghapajja, a family man [or woman] dwells at home with a mind devoid of the stain of stinginess, freely generous, open-handed, delighting in relinquishment, one devoted to charity, delighting in giving and sharing. In this way a family man is accomplished in generosity.

These four things, [faith, moral discipline, generosity, and wisdom], lead to a family man's welfare and happiness in the future life.
AN 8:54; IV 281-85

Re: Charity is Judeo-Christian and anti-Buddhist

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:52 am
by DNS
Herb Caplan wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:30 am
The Buddha said you should only donate to worthy, proven monks (hint: if they have 1 post on any Buddhist forum, they fail this test) or such members of your sangha.
Whaa? Blasphemy; everyone knows that a worthy monk would post on this forum and other Buddhist forums, to help teach the Dharma, no?