The Dalai Lama isn't forcing people into giving him wealth or other offerings, they simply do so out of the goodness in their hearts, in exchange for
spiritual advice, wisdom and knowledge. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet and their teacher and the goodness, knowledge and wisdom comes
directly from the Dalai Lama himself. You don't seem to realise, but these people couldn't careless about materialism, like we do in the west and I
very much doubt that they see themselves as being poor. They have all the basic necessities to live and that is all they require. What they do care
about is spirituality and achieving spiritual liberation and enlightenment.
What is born will die; what has been gathered will be dispersed, what has been accumulated will be exhausted, what has been built up will collapse,
and what has been high will be brought low.”
Impermanence is all there is.......Death awaits us all.
These Buddhist masters have a lot of wisdom to offer and some of them certainly have a wicked sense of humor.
Dudjom Rinpoche used to tell the story of a powerful bandit in India, who, after countless successful raids, realized the terrible suffering he had
been causing. He yearned for some way of atoning for what he had done, and visited a famous master. He asked him: "I am a sinner, I am in torment.
What's the way out? What can I do?"
The master looked the bandit up and down and then asked him what he was good at.
"Nothing," replied the bandit.
"Nothing?" barked the master. "You must be good at something!"
The bandit was silent for a while, and eventually admitted: "Actually there is one thing I have a talent for, and that's stealing."
The master chuckled: "Good! That's exactly the skill you'll need now. Go to a quiet place and rob all your perceptions, and steal all the stars and
planets in the sky, and dissolve them into the belly of emptiness, the all-encompassing space of the nature of mind."
Within twenty-one days, the bandit had realized the nature of his mind, and eventually came to be regarded as one of the great saints of India.