Do you encourage people who beg, by donating some money?
July 15, 2008 7:57am CST
I have seen many people who beg for money on road,streets, outside shopping malls, religious places like church,temples etc..But I never encourage these people. I never donate any money for those who are physically good. I give some money only for the aged or disabled beggers. In my country, you can even find people begging for money on the roads even in the signals. They actually annoy us. I get frustrated by these people. Though their financial condition makes them to beg, there is a place where to beg and where not to.Do you encourage beggers by donating some money to them? Or do you just ignore them?
15 Jul 08
You should try begging. It would do wonders to your ego. Begging is a way of annihilating the ego and Buddhists encourage the destruction of pride by begging. I was a missionary once and one of our training was to beg for scraps of vegetables which we then cook for our food. Pride is the worst enemy of a spiritual aspirant.
15 Jul 08
I will not donate money to anyone suspicious. I wouldn't even donate money to victims of natural disaster if a box was set up in random places because I know that there are many people who make use of these things to trick people. There are even people who claim to collect money to build a temple walking around, asking people to donate. They have even produced a photocopied proof of the building being constructed but the odd thing is that the temple is built in a foreign country, not mine. This and many other news report of similar cons make it hard for people to trust them. I have even seen a sick person applying for medical assistant at a restaurant. He was very desperate that he met the person in charge when he was having lunch. To my suprise, after the sick person left, the owner of the restaurant told us that the sick man ordered Cola to drink and he doesn't look sick at all. He was a completely different person. Everyone bursted into laughter at that comment.