Berry wrote:Is this lama a monk ?
As far as I can remember doing divinations and fortune telling, or asking for money, is against the rules made by the Buddha for monks and nuns.
Maybe he would do better standing on the highway waiting for a truck to stop and put food in his bowl or give him some rags to wear?
Times change, and so do media of communication. These days a lama can reach out to millions and also invite thousands for teachings in person. Even holding a class in a room costs money - or maybe you think Buddhists in Alaska should pretend they are in India and sit outside in suzero temperaures with their rags and offering bowls? You also perhaps forget that many lamas are not teaching in countries with a Buddhist culture, so people in general have no expectation of feeding and clothing monks.
There is a huge difference between charging a fee for teaching Dharma and charging a fee to cover the costs of renting or buying a building, heating, lighting, etc etc.
I believe Lama Dawa is a Nyingma Ngagpa - a type of lama whose ordination adheres to the vinaya but is permitted be non-celibate, to marry and be a householder etc.
You are also on a Mahayana forum, where many Buddhas are believed to have given teachings.