Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

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Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Yes, often
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Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Luke » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:40 pm

I would like to know if you think it's okay to give money to Hare Krishnas.

I know that the Hare Krishnas had some serious scandals in the past, but I'm not sure if this makes giving small donations to the group now unethical.
Is their organization still prone to such grave abuses and untrustworthy, or have they fixed things? Your opinions?
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby KonchokZoepa » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:41 pm

i did not vote but the hare krishna community is corrupt to its roots. but nothing wrong with the people.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby JKhedrup » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:44 pm

Hare Krishnas have many different projects. If it is something like food for life, which feeds healthy vegetarian food to starving people, why not?
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby dude » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:28 pm

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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:34 am

I didn't vote, but I would say no as the question is worded. "Should" is kind of strong. If it was worded, "is it okay for Buddhist to give to Hare Krishnas" then I would say yes.

However, in general I am sure most of us don't have millions to budget for charitable contributions and since our budgets are limited, why not give to organizations in need from your own religion or your other favorite causes (non-religious)?
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Karma Dorje » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:40 am

Luke wrote:I would like to know if you think it's okay to give money to Hare Krishnas.

I know that the Hare Krishnas had some serious scandals in the past, but I'm not sure if this makes giving small donations to the group now unethical.
Is their organization still prone to such grave abuses and untrustworthy, or have they fixed things? Your opinions?


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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Konchog1 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:09 am

If the money promotes HIndu practices, then it breaks your refuge vows. If the money is for food for the poor or some such, it's virtuous.

Also, I haven't heard anything bad about them recently.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Indrajala » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:10 am

I support them when in Delhi by visiting their gourmet vegetarian buffet which costs 350 rupees per head. It is clean as a hospital and delicious. :anjali:
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby lobster » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:19 am

I would like to know if you think it's okay to give


It is always OK to give.
In fact you could give them the opportunity to make a donation to the dharma . . . . :woohoo:
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Luke » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:18 am

KonchokZoepa wrote:i did not vote but the hare krishna community is corrupt to its roots. but nothing wrong with the people.

My own paranoia predisposes me to agree with you, but do you have any real proof that the Hare Krishna organization is still corrupt?

JKhedrup wrote:Hare Krishnas have many different projects. If it is something like food for life, which feeds healthy vegetarian food to starving people, why not?

Yes, this was also my feeling. But it also bothers me that I have never actually observed any of the Hare Krishnas charitable projects. I don't think I will give them any more donations until I have actually observed their charitable activities. I think this is reasonable.

David N. Snyder wrote:However, in general I am sure most of us don't have millions to budget for charitable contributions and since our budgets are limited, why not give to organizations in need from your own religion or your other favorite causes (non-religious)?

Yes, you make a very good point! The only reason I brought up this issue is because I was surprised by a Hare Krishna on the street the other day. I gave him a small amount of money (about 4 USD), but I hadn't really taken the time to think deeply about the ethics of the situation before.

Konchog1 wrote:If the money promotes HIndu practices, then it breaks your refuge vows.

Ah, very interesting! This is the kind of information I was looking for!

How does this balance against the second Bodhisattva Vow to share with others one's wealth and Dharma?

"2. not sharing with others one’s wealth and Dharma
It is quite clear that sharing our possessions, knowledge and understanding is crucial. If we don’t share our own possessions and Dharma understanding with sentient beings who need it, we are breaking the second root downfall. I particularly think sharing Dharma knowledge is very, very important, although by that I don’t necessarily mean traditional teachings. Giving good advice in a conversation is also sharing your Dharma knowledge."

http://www.bodhicitta.net/BODHISATTVAVOWS.htm

But the way the vow is worded above, it seems like it is only important to give money to those people who really NEED it. A westerner who seems clean, well-fed and content who is a part of a large international organization is in a different category I think. I guess the other question is whether the people whom the Hare Krishnas help are truly in need of their charity or not, and this is a question I can't answer because I don't have much knowledge about their activities.

Konchog1 wrote:If the money is for food for the poor or some such, it's virtuous.

Yes, here they always talk about their program to give vegetarian food to the poor, but I have never seen it in action.

Indrajala wrote:I support them when in Delhi by visiting their gourmet vegetarian buffet which costs 350 rupees per head. It is clean as a hospital and delicious. :anjali:

I once went to one of their vegetarian restaurants in Budapest. The food wasn't so good and the chant music was annoyingly loud! lol Indians probably are more talented at cooking this type of food.

lobster wrote:It is always OK to give.
In fact you could give them the opportunity to make a donation to the dharma . . . . :woohoo:

True, but I think one has to be careful about the consequences. If I gave them the contact info for a Buddhist group, then they might just start fundraising outside of there and annoying everyone in that location, too! On the other hand, that still might bring them in contact with the dharma. It's quite a dilemma...

But after considering the many points of view which you all expressed, I think my best course of action is to simply avoid Hare Krishnas in the future.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Karma Dorje » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:39 am

You don't break your refuge vow by giving to a Hindu organization, don't be silly. The vow is not to take refuge in worldly gods, having taken refuge in the Buddha.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Konchog1 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:48 am

Luke wrote:
Konchog1 wrote:If the money promotes HIndu practices, then it breaks your refuge vows.

Ah, very interesting! This is the kind of information I was looking for!

How does this balance against the second Bodhisattva Vow to share with others one's wealth and Dharma?

"2. not sharing with others one’s wealth and Dharma
It is quite clear that sharing our possessions, knowledge and understanding is crucial. If we don’t share our own possessions and Dharma understanding with sentient beings who need it, we are breaking the second root downfall. I particularly think sharing Dharma knowledge is very, very important, although by that I don’t necessarily mean traditional teachings. Giving good advice in a conversation is also sharing your Dharma knowledge."

http://www.bodhicitta.net/BODHISATTVAVOWS.htm

But the way the vow is worded above, it seems like it is only important to give money to those people who really NEED it. A westerner who seems clean, well-fed and content who is a part of a large international organization is in a different category I think. I guess the other question is whether the people whom the Hare Krishnas help are truly in need of their charity or not, and this is a question I can't answer because I don't have much knowledge about their activities.
Well, I guess it's the same kind of situation where someone asks you for a gun. You can't be miserly, but you can't give harmful gifts. So if you don't give out of a motivation better than miserliness than it's fine.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby plwk » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:56 am

http://www.dhammaweb.net/Tipitaka/read.php?id=90
‘Householder since long your clan has been a welling spring to the Nigantas. I think morsel food should be offered to those that come.’
‘Venerable sir, I am very much pleased with these words of the Blessed One.

Householder, since long your clan has been a welling spring to the Nigantas. I think morsel food should be offered to them that come’.
‘Venerable sir, I have heard this said about you. Offerings should be given to me only, not to others.
Offerings should be, to my disciples not to the disciples of other sects.
Offerings made to my disciples are of great fruit, but not the offerings made to others.

Here, the Blessed One advises me to make offerings to the Nigantas. We would know the time to do it.
Now I take refuge in the Blessed One, the Teaching and the Community of bhikkhus for the third time.
May I be remembered as a lay disciple who has taken refuge from today until life lasts.’
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower. Which five?
He/she does not have conviction [in the Buddha's Awakening]; is unvirtuous; is eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts protective charms & ceremonies, not kamma; and searches for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings there first.
Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower.

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower.
Which five? He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts kamma, not protective charms & ceremonies;
does not search for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings here first.
Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower."
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Luke » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:15 am

plwk wrote:
http://www.dhammaweb.net/Tipitaka/read.php?id=90
‘Householder since long your clan has been a welling spring to the Nigantas. I think morsel food should be offered to those that come.’
‘Venerable sir, I am very much pleased with these words of the Blessed One.

Householder, since long your clan has been a welling spring to the Nigantas. I think morsel food should be offered to them that come’.
‘Venerable sir, I have heard this said about you. Offerings should be given to me only, not to others.
Offerings should be, to my disciples not to the disciples of other sects.
Offerings made to my disciples are of great fruit, but not the offerings made to others.

Here, the Blessed One advises me to make offerings to the Nigantas. We would know the time to do it.
Now I take refuge in the Blessed One, the Teaching and the Community of bhikkhus for the third time.
May I be remembered as a lay disciple who has taken refuge from today until life lasts.’
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower. Which five?
He/she does not have conviction [in the Buddha's Awakening]; is unvirtuous; is eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts protective charms & ceremonies, not kamma; and searches for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings there first.
Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower.

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower.
Which five? He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts kamma, not protective charms & ceremonies;
does not search for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings here first.
Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower."

Thanks for the quotes Plwk. :namaste:

What is a "niganta"? I am assuming that it means "non-Buddhist"... Were they some ancient Jains in India?
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Nighthawk » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:19 am

No, why? Bunch of annoying hippies to me.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby JKhedrup » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:55 am

HH Dalai Lama distributing food at Bangalore Hare Krishna Food for Life:

In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby plwk » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:06 am

What is a "niganta"? I am assuming that it means "non-Buddhist"... Were they some ancient Jains in India?
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On a side note, if I were to go by the OP's logic, then it would seem that most if not all religious organisations in this world, Buddhists included would be excluded from my list, no? There must be a 'middle way' to this don't you think so?

And on another side side note, if you're lucky enough to meet the extremely conservative amongst them, I doubt they would even want to associate with Buddhists and Buddhism, not to speak of your money, such heretics we are lol
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby dude » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:58 pm

plwk wrote:
What is a "niganta"? I am assuming that it means "non-Buddhist"... Were they some ancient Jains in India?
1 2

On a side note, if I were to go by the OP's logic, then it would seem that most if not all religious organisations in this world, Buddhists included would be excluded from my list, no? There must be a 'middle way' to this don't you think so?

And on another side side note, if you're lucky enough to meet the extremely conservative amongst them, I doubt they would even want to associate with Buddhists and Buddhism, not to speak of your money, such heretics we are lol


Of course they would. How can there be a middle way between right and wrong?
As for the side side note, yes, I'm extremely conservative. Accepting offerings from those who follow wrong teachings is to share their iniquity.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby Karma Dorje » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:25 pm

dude wrote:Of course they would. How can there be a middle way between right and wrong?
As for the side side note, yes, I'm extremely conservative. Accepting offerings from those who follow wrong teachings is to share their iniquity.


Iniquity? Seriously dude wtf? Christianity went thataway.
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Re: Should Buddhists give money to Hare Krishnas?

Postby dude » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:52 pm

Who's talking about Christianity?
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