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Even if it was an accident in many cases if it causes significant damage you are still going to be expected to pay. The notion of I didn't mean to so I don't have to pay doesn't work.

They have a lot of nirvana asking you to pay for an obvious accident.

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They have a lot of nirvana asking you to pay for an obvious accident.

thought monks don't believe in money

Maybe these weren't thought monks. They could be standard monks.

The monastery needs money for its upkeep. The monks themselves won't get a penny. The monastery will have a business bank account.

Even if it was an accident in many cases if it causes significant damage you are still going to be expected to pay. The notion of I didn't mean to so I don't have to pay doesn't work.

happened to me except it was into an old woman giving a presentation about her job at NASA

That is the funniest thing I've read all week! Thank You :) ... Except the bit about having to pay for the damages - that's just monkey-business...

Well, now you have a unique experience with Buddhists. Very rare if not unique. I have never heard of Buddhist monks asking for damages and injury costs. Were they monks or just regular visitors? Maybe you tackled a classmate.

Next time, get your land legs before moving after a meditation/prayer. And stay near a wall or chair to help you up. I honestly don't see how this happened, but hopefully you learned something. I'd be surprised if Buddhists were going to go after you for money... Not really our thing.

It sucks that it happened but these are still things that have to be paid for even if it was an accident.

wtf. it was an accident.

No one says "I know you didn't mean to do it, so I'll be happy to pay for my own medical bills and eat the thousands of dollars in damage you just caused."

You're out of luck.