I'd like to make the point that Jampa Ling and Dzogchen Beara most certaintly DO charge for their services - you can get a reduced fee in certain circumstances, but there is a charge, much more substantial than what is charged by the Dublin Buddhist Centre, which will never turn anyone away because of inability to pay
In the West, Buddhist centres are not automatically supported by dana (offerings from the general public) as are the monasteries and temples in the Far East, where the populations are Buddhist. Hence the need to charge in the West, and laso because in this culture, people value what they pay for.
Metta to all!
People value what they pay for BUT they also expect to get something in return if they pay . I thought the whole idea of Buddism was that if someone got something positive from the free teachings that they would by there own volition want to donate so other could get the opportunity to experience something similar .