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I feel odd giving money to Buddhist teachers that have a separate career. The local Insight Meditation Community recommends a $10 donation be given at each meetup, and the cost of the retreats that they run state that a portion of the cost is dana for the teachers.
This seems like it's not quite in the spirit of the concept when these teachers have full-time gigs doing other things.
Suggesting a donation is one thing, but incorporating it into the cost of a retreat?
I'd rather practice dana by giving money to an animal shelter.
What are your thoughts?