Indrajala wrote:JKhedrup wrote:There is a centre in Europe being established for a lama who is already elderly with no resident teacher- however a building is being purchased to hold a maybe two 3-4 day events a year.
It is probably because they feel it is quite meritorious, and the act will pay far more dividends in the afterlife and/or on their path to buddhahood.
Building active and vibrant communities for ordinary folk doesn't sound like a good investment in the merit market.
I'm not totally convinced of the whole quid pro quo merit-making model--doing good expecting to receive good in return. Our Hindu friends have the notion of nishkama karma: self-less or desireless action performed without any expectation of fruits or results. On occasions rarer than I care to admit, I've had the experience of spontaneous generosity that arose from the heart without any thought of expectation or obligation. That's a very different experience than being reminded of the all the merit I will get from giving to a cause. One experience opens the heart, the other has a subtle grasping/greediness associated with it. If teachers are getting students to spend all this money on infrastructure with the promise of merit-making, in my opinion, those actions are not as meritorious as folks might think.