Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:32 pm Post subject: Fake monks scamming foreign tourists
Some of you guys may have seen Chinese monks asking donation on streets in Tokyo.
Those monks are fake, don't ever give them money.
They mainly target foreign tourists who don't know much about Buddhism culture.
I was approached by one I'm sure in Shinjuku who gave me a peace amulet and pressed me to give 10 000 yen donation. He was very persistent, like Amway sellers are. I gave 1 000 yen and plead poverty. He was very disgusted you could tell. His attitude marked him for not being a legitimate monk. John _________________ 知恵は時間及びエネルギーである
I had given the 1000 yen note before he started pressing me for more and showing the notebook he had with signatures and donations of 10 000 yen to show me how cheap I was. He had good English skills and was wearing the light blue gear you sometimes see on monks. I make donations at shrines and temples and this was the first time I had been asked directly for a donation. It was sort of embarrasing, since I felt obliged as a foreign traveller to assist. Prayer boxes and monks at temples will now be the only place I'll donate. Even monks on the corner with begging bowls are now suspect whereas before I thought it a good deed. John _________________ 知恵は時間及びエネルギーである
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