When a buddha or bodhisattva teaches, they benefit.
A Buddha does not benefit.
I argue here that this is contrary to the spirit of the dharma - which ought to flow freely wherever it is needed, without caveats and obligations predicated on 'own' self-interest.
That is not the issue. You are not paying for the dharma. You are paying for the translation.
Either you are, or somebody else is.
the fact that the content is Buddhist teaching is actually beside the point.
For the dharma to "flow freely" to you,
if it is a book:
somebody has to pay for printing
somebody has to pay for shipping
somebody has to pay for storage.
and so on.
if it available on line:
somebody has to pay for the computer where the files are stored
somebody has to pay for the internet connection
and so on.
So, since all of this stuff has to be paid for,
why, of all the steps along this interconnected process
of getting the teachings from the Buddha to you,
...why is the translator singled out as the one who shouldn't get paid?
It is a purely arbitrary point along the distribution chain.
The translator is merely the one who is most visible.
An easy target.
Attachment to outward appearances strikes again!
why of all people, shouldn't the one who wants the teachings
also be the one who pays for it?
If you want to get teachings for free,
and then when dakinis appear,
place an order.