Fake Chinese Monks and Nuns Discovered Professionally Begging on the Streets of New York – a Get Rich Quick Career Path?

Fake Chinese Buddhist Monk on the Streets of New York

Fake Chinese Buddhist Monk on the Streets of New York

Original Chinese Language Article: By Progressive Network

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

In China it is common to see people in tattered clothes haunting bridges, tunnels, bus stations, MTR stations, and other places. Sometimes it is not uncommon to encounter Buddhist monks who have ‘come down from the hills to collect alms’, or Daoist priests who visit homes to exchange Spiritual blessings for donations. With the development of the modern city, begging has grown tremendously, and this has seen the emerging of professional begging. It seems that begging in China has extended ‘out of the country’ and become an international phenomena.

According to a recent New York Times report, in the often crowded Times Square in Manhattan, there have been large numbers of Chinese nationals dressed in Orange, Brown, or grey robes of Buddhist monks and gathering to beg. The majority appear of be Chinese men with shaved heads, but there are also some Chinese women dressed as Buddhist nuns.

Reports state that these monks and nuns have a fixed “operating procedure”: they bless passers-by with a smile, hand out a lucky charm, and then demand a donation. They also often show the a picture of their assumed home temple, which seems to indicate that they are legitimately collecting donations for that temple. Then they open the donation book, which supposedly shows how many people have already donated various sums of money.

This group of people dress as Chinese Buddhist monks or nuns, but because nobody knows their real identities, or where they come from, the US authorities usually ds not interfere, with the police only coming forward when these beggar’s behaviour goes too far. When genuine Chinese Buddhists question the beggars about their Buddhist lineages or traditions, the beggars are usually silent, or just walk away.

It is reported that the attitude of the Chinese fake monks and nuns is very confidently. If a donor gives too little, they bluntly ask for $20 extra, or more. Giving out good luck charms or lucky trinkets whilst begging, is no illegal on the streets of New York and does not break the law, but this year New York police have arrested at least 9 “monastics”, with most charged with aggressive begging, or selling goods without a license.

These supposed Chinese Buddhist monks and nuns who are now begging on the streets of New York, are an extension of what can be commonly seen in China. Netizens (discussing this issue on the Chinese internet) have commented that these fake monastics abroad are shameful for Chinese people, and their behaviour makes China ‘lose face’ internationally.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:

http://zixun.zhongsou.com/faster/24/2f3309900d726eb0e5532ed9792f5b90.html

纽约街头惊现华人假和尚尼姑行乞 职业行乞成发家致富快速路?

前瞻网   2014-07-08 11:26

在中国,常会看到穿着破烂的乞讨者出没于天桥、地道、汽车站、地铁站等地,或者遭遇“下山化缘”的僧人道士上门送福求捐。随着城市的发展,行乞者的队伍越来越壮大,职业乞丐也比比皆是,如今甚至“冲出国门,走向了国际”。

据《纽约时报》报道,在人潮汹涌的曼哈顿时报广场,出现了大批穿着橘色、棕色或灰色僧袍的和尚聚集行乞,大部分是剃光头的华人男子,也有一些类似服装的尼姑。

报道称,这些和尚尼姑有一套固定的“作业程序”:向路人含笑祝福,并递上吉祥符要求捐献。他们经常出示庙宇照片,似乎显示他们是在为庙宇募集香火钱。接着他们会打开献金簿,显示有多少人捐了多少钱。

这群打扮成佛教僧侣或尼姑道姑的人,因为没人知道他们的实际身份或来自哪里,所以美国警方通常不会干涉,只在他们行为太过出格时才出面。当有些真正的佛教徒质问他们属于什么教派,他们则通常默不作声或掉头走开。

据悉,这些华人假和尚假尼姑的态度还理直气壮,如嫌施主给得太少,会毫不客气的要求多给20美元或更多钱。本来用吉祥符或小饰物要求捐献在纽约当街乞讨并不犯法,但警方今年至少已逮捕9个”和尚”,大部分控以强行乞讨或无照兜售物品。

纽约街头这些华人假僧尼的行乞方式,在中国已太为常见。有网友评论称,丢出家人和中国人的脸丢到国外去了。

 

 

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