What is the root of the difference between the high consumption of monasteries and free churches? You will know it when you see it!

Recently, Putuoshan reported that it is preparing to go public, and Jiuhuashan and Wutaishan are also actively preparing to land in the capital market. Famous Buddhist mountains are involved in this business tide. It is conceivable that Taoist Mount Tai, Mount Hua, Mount Wudang, and other famous mountains will not be spared, and will all become listed companies. Everyone went to the mountains and rivers to worship the homeland of the soul, but they all ended up visiting listed companies. This will be a moral sorrow. ——Venerable Yan Shen, Vice President of Hebei Buddhist Association


In China, there are temples in almost every famous scenic spot. The temple seems to have become a cash cow for the local government. Therefore, even if it didn't exist in the first place, it will be built later. Some people say that this is a new business. It doesn't require technology or workshops. It is a temple idea and relies on the piety and belief of others to make huge profits. Some people also say that now the Buddha is not like a Buddha, but has become a "fortune-seeking Buddha"; a monk is not like a monk, but a fake monk; and a temple is not like a temple, but an exchange of money.

"High consumption" in Chinese temples

Today's Chinese temples, as long as they are a little bit famous, which temple does not accept tickets? And not only tickets are collected, there are also many "high-consumption" service items in the temple. For example, you need to buy incense to burn incense, money to hit the clock, money to ask for signing, money to cancel the signing, and so on. As long as you have a lot of money, the temple can provide services of various specifications, burning incense, ringing the bell, and running water and land ashrams at various prices.

Generally speaking, when visitors come to the temple, the monk in the temple will persuade you to burn a high incense, but the incense outside is not allowed to be brought in. It is said that it is not clean. After you finished the burning, you found out that it cost a few hundred yuan, and you can't even bargain, because bargaining shows "insincere". Most of the pilgrims are also dumb to eat Coptis chinensis-hard to say. Please buy a stick of incense in the temple, the minimum is 200, the maximum is 10! You don't need to slap your tongue. The Guinness World Record may be Baoguang Temple in Emei Mountain, Sichuan: head column incense auctioned for 99! Don't worry about not bringing enough cash, because the monk will take out the POSS machine and let you swipe your card.

Next, the monk took out the merit book for the tourists to sign. And generously promised: For those who sign their names, the abbot himself will recite sutras to pray for you. After signing the name, the novice monk said, "The name is not signed in vain. You have to donate merit money. You can do as much as you like. Three, six, or nine will do." You know when you ask, the so-called three, six, and nine are 300. Yuan, 600 Yuan, 900 Yuan, 3000 Yuan, 6000 Yuan, 9000 Yuan, you choose. As the saying goes: "In the old society, money can make ghosts persevere; in the new society, the rich can get Buddha's blessing!"

A small ticket cut off the way of learning Buddhism for many sentient beings

A friend told me that he once heard a believer kneel down in front of the Buddha and Bodhisattva with tears and licked his head one after another when he went to the temple to worship the Buddha. After that, he folded his hands and said: "Buddha, you can Have you heard my call, when can you bless your disciples and grandchildren without receiving tickets? Let people like me who don’t have much income also come to worship you and learn the Dharma taught by you. Didn’t you say that the Buddha is destined for people? Can a child in need and helplessness like me also enter a monastery to learn Buddhism?"

It is this small entrance ticket to the monastery that cuts off the way for many sentient beings to learn Buddhism.

It stands to reason that Buddhism calls "the sea of ​​bitterness and compassion" and should be more concerned about the weak and the poor. In the past, when the poor had no money to enter the yamen to seek justice, they could also go to Buddhist temples to complain to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. But now with high tickets, the poor living beings are kept out of the temple. China is not rich, and most people still have no way to buy tickets regularly to enter the monastery, to worship the Buddha, hear the Dharma and get close to the Sangha. Even if they have sufficient economic strength, every time they enter the temple, they need to buy tickets before they can enter. The taste may not be good, and it will definitely affect their favor and confidence in the Sambo.

It is also a temple. Buddhists in Taiwan can enter any Buddhist temple. Not only do they have no tickets, but they will also receive courtesy, introduce Buddhism, answer questions, and present Buddhist books, classics and CDs, lest you don’t accept it. The only source of income for the monastery is support from Buddhists. As a result, a virtuous circle has been formed, and this foundation has enabled Taiwan's Buddhist talents and eminent monks to emerge in large numbers.

Monks became a profitable profession, and the abbots were millionaires

Nowadays, not only the incense is flourishing in temples, but even monks have surpassed civil servants and become the most profitable and respected profession. When monks make money like this, there are many fake monks. For example, in order to earn money from tourists, some temples even hire a few fake masters. These "masters" are already veterans in the industry, with good psychological qualities and able to speak well. They are very good at looking at people, and they can judge whether they are their goals through clothing, temperament, and conversation. If they are rich, the "master" will put more effort into it. If they meet a student, they will say "you have no relationship with the Buddha". thing.

The monastery’s income “relies entirely on these'masters' fooling around” and has become the main force of its “Nuggets”. The moment those devout tourists step into the threshold of these monasteries, they become lambs to be slaughtered, ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands. Intimidated by the violence of the "master" language, the majestic aura of Buddhism and the psychological suggestion of sincerity and spirit naturally defeated rationality, and the endless stream of merit money eventually fell into the pocket of the temple. The profit of this "business" is so huge that some people sign recruitment contracts in the name of monks, nuns, or Taoists, receive monthly wages, go to work to "respect" Buddha, and return to the vulgar after get off work, and their income is higher than that of white-collar workers. Most of these "masters" have been married and have children, bought real estate in the city, and drove valuable cars.

As for the abbot, as the leader of the monks, he naturally earns more. Some time ago, there were media reports: After the abbot of Lingzhao Temple in Yuxi City, Yunnan Province was killed, he left more than 400 million personal deposits, and even fought a lawsuit over the ownership of the inheritance to save his daughter and the monastery. Don't be surprised. If a monk is a money-making profession, why can't the abbot be a millionaire? Someone reported on Weibo: a cleaner, married, was tired from work six years ago, quit, became a monk, became a fake monk, and his income doubled; soon after he changed a temple and became a deacon, his income doubled; Two years later, the original presiding officer retired, he took over, with a monthly income of over 6; last year, he contracted a new temple, hired a presiding officer and abbot, and returned to the vulgar, buying a car and a house, earning one million a year; now, he is considering a temple chain Matters.

Free church


Contrary to Chinese temples, foreign churches do not have tickets. If I go to church to worship, do I give a little incense money like a temple? You don’t need money to pray. The church is quiet and solemn. It is a place for people to atone for their sins and gratitude to God, like a temple of pure souls. Western churches, even churches with tourists, are solemn and quiet inside. The tour guides explain quietly, and people visit in silence, and there are no loud noises. In our famous temple, the tour guide led a wave of tourists and explained it loudly with a loudspeaker. Usually, there was little intellectual content, but more boring and superstitious content.

Both churches and temples accept donations from believers, so there is no difference. But at least the church’s approach is much more reserved. I have never seen a box of merit placed in front of the statue of the Virgin. Most of their donations are in private, writing a check directly to the church. On the one hand, donations are used for the repair of religious sites, and on the other hand, they are used for mission schools and mission hospitals. There is no difference between rich and poor in foreign churches. There is no smell of copper money. When you come to church, you only need to have a sincere heart, not money. Moreover, often no matter whether you are a congregation or not, when you come to church, you will have a free church lunch.

When Westerners go to church, they mostly listen to priests' sermons and seek peace of mind. Western churches have confessionals. After entering the church, he told the spiritual things to God. Tell the ugly and dirty things to God, and he will relax. His mind was purified. People always go in frowning and come out with ease. The Chinese people enter the temple to do something, pray to the gods, buy incense sticks with money, or put melons and fruits on them. The Chinese enter the temple to solve the suffering in real life.

The same is faith, and it is all spiritual sustenance. There are churches abroad and temples in China. But the purpose of entering a church and a temple is quite different.Westerners enter the church for repentance, and Chinese enter the temple for bribery.Those who enter the church are free to listen to sermons, repent of their souls, and listen to persuasion and teachings; while those who enter the temple spend money to burn incense to pray for Buddha, ask for visas, seek blessing, beg for safety, wealth, promotion, and good luck. The former is the communication and sublimation of the soul to purify the soul; the latter is to use money to seek more benefits and benefits.

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