Offering for a teacher

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Offering for a teacher

Postby annaliese » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:00 pm

Greetings all!
I have been attending Tibetan Buddhist meditation and teachings at a monastery for several months and am enrolling in a foundation class next month. They suggested a voluntary offering to the teacher for this class, however I want to make sure I offer something appropriate. I'm also not sure if it's a "one time" thing or if something every class is suitable. I searched the web as well as the forum for this information and couldn't find anything regarding this question.

Thank you! :namaste:
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Re: Offering for a teacher

Postby Ukigumo » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:01 am

Hello Annaliese,

You are probably better off talking to somebody at the monastery about these issues, rather than looking online, since every institution does things a little differently and has different expectations.
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Re: Offering for a teacher

Postby Konchog1 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:41 am

annaliese wrote:Greetings all!
I have been attending Tibetan Buddhist meditation and teachings at a monastery for several months and am enrolling in a foundation class next month. They suggested a voluntary offering to the teacher for this class, however I want to make sure I offer something appropriate. I'm also not sure if it's a "one time" thing or if something every class is suitable. I searched the web as well as the forum for this information and couldn't find anything regarding this question.

Thank you! :namaste:
Annaliese
Money is the standard offering and has been since at least the time of Lord Atisha.

However, actually using the teacher's teachings and doing what they say to do is the supreme offering.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
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