“These people are taking advantage of the public’s generosity and have no affiliations with the Buddhist community,” acting NSW Fair Trade Commissioner John Tansey said. “There is no law against begging in NSW but this is nevertheless clearly a scam.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The image that was initially published to accompany this story was a still from the movie Samsara and featured Tibetan (Mahayana) monks creating a sacred sand mandala, who are in no way associated with or related to the scam. Pedestrian apologises if the image was in any way misleading or offensive to members of the Tibetan Buddhism in Australia, and the wider Tibetan community. The Tibetan Buddhist Gyuto Monks are currently touring in Sydney and have a very solid reputation in Australia.