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Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:26 am
by SarathW
Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?

I just started to wonder whether certain organised groups or the rich donors make an influence in certain forums and temples so they can spread their ideologies or discrimination on other people.

Re: Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:36 am
by JamesTheGiant
Yes this does happen sometimes. I've seen an example of a monastery in the West funded by the local immigrant Burmese community, not criticize the military government because a big donor to the monastery did a lot of business in that country with the government.

And the Chinese government funds some Buddhist organisations and in return they are very outspoken against the dalai lama. NKT.

But it doesn't seem to be a big problem within Theravada, from what I've seen.
But I'm sure we can find some examples.

Re: Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:36 am
by Sam Vara
I have heard it claimed that the debate around Bhikkhuni ordination which convulsed part of the Thai Forest Sangha some years ago was influenced by the desire not to upset rich Thai donors living in the UK who took a traditional view of the matter.

I have no idea as to the truth of that, but it was/is a common belief among those keen on equal status for nuns.

Re: Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:51 am
by SarathW
And the Chinese government funds some Buddhist organisations and in return, they are very outspoken against the dalai lama. NKT.
This is one of the concerns I had when I wrote the OP.