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Should Temple's Charge fees?
I am about to take my precepts soon. I am attending to a Zen Buddhist Temple in Canada...
They charge fee for precept cerenomy. I wonder if this is normal. Sure I understand they need money to operate but everything should be based on donations. Especially, a special occasion like "precept taking ceremony" should be charge-free in my opinion.
Now I have a well paying full time job, so to me it doesn't matter, but a lot of students/unemployed people cannot afford it ($150)...So it kind of bothers me...PS: I know that they still charge unemployed/students but with a discount ($120)...
I really like my teacher, her style resinated with me and I am comfortable with her but this fee issue is bugging me...
Anybody who wants to become a Buddhist and wants to take the precepts should do so without a fee charge...
What do you guys think?
[Mod Edit: Moved to Sanghas]