Well, I have a strong feeling that I was Elvis in my previous life. How do *I* get recognized as a Rinpoche?
From Lama Dawa's website:
The suggested donations for email divinations is $25 US "per question". And as is the custom, those individuals that wish to make an additional offering may do so. Once your payment has been verified, your divination questions will be added to the schedule.
Hmmm, somebody seem to be unclear on the concept of "donation"! Is there some legal reason he couldn't call it a fee
, or is he just too embarrassed?
I don't think he writes the text for his website. I suggest avoiding being snide towards Vajra masters, even if they are not your own. It's bad etiquette especially on a Dharma forum.
If you couldn't afford the $25 I am sure you could offer less, but how many people using computers honestly couldn't afford $25, that really need a divination? I mean, the guy is psychic so he'd know if you were just being cheap anyway, and why would you want to do that? The fact is, it is important temdrel to make some kind of offering when requesting something from a Lama of his level. This is for our benefit, not theirs. It's also in our best interests to follow the advice of a divination done by a Lama of this caliber, and not to ignore it. So we should be committed to the whole enterprise, and not just requesting out of idle curiosity or without much confidence in the teacher, the yidam or the protector involved in the divination. The whole thing should be engaged in with devotion, faith, and a sincere need for insight --and ultimately with the intention of bodhicitta. . "Help me develop clarity about this situation or choice to better be of service to all sentient beings and ultimately release them from suffering." Or something like that. I believe cloudy motivation could cloud the results, depending on the question.