Scientologists and money - 2010-01-24
Depending on how long they participate and how far they advance, Scientologists can spend from a few thousand dollars to sums well into six figures. Much of the money pays for training and for counseling sessions called "auditing." Smaller sums are paid for books, recorded lectures and a counseling device called the "e-meter." Many parishioners travel to Scientology's Clearwater mecca and stay in church hotels. Scientologists also are urged to donate to the International Association of Scientologists and other groups. Many Scientologists put money on account to pay in advance for services on a spiritual ladder called "The Bridge."