Overseas Teaching 21.04.18
Many people think that the way to go about accumulating merit is by chanting mantras or reciting prayers. Others regard the construction of stupas, shrines and statues as extremely important priorities. Even worse than this, a number of people these days are using the building of stupas, shrines, and statues as opportunities to make money. Even in Tibet there are many lamas who are giving empowerments, selling statues, and holding Dharma assemblies as money-making ventures. In terms of the Tibetan community inside Tibet, everyone has very strong faith but they do not understand the reasons for their faith; their faith is not underpinned by logic.
Depicted from "Buddhism in the 21st Century - Part 36" June, Sydney, Australia