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'They are very aggressive and hostile if you don't give them money.''They’re not authentic. They’re playing on people’s heart strings,' said Michelle Dunson of the Buddhist Council of New York told CBS New York.
'It’s basically a scam like any other.'Along the popular 1.5mile High Line elevated park, one of the robed men handed a couple a shiny, gold-colored medallion and a plastic beaded bracelet.
The scriptural basis for the six can be traced back to a late 6th-century Tendai text from China, although Batō was not part of the original six but rather inserted some four centuries later. In this role, the deity is known as Batō Myō-ō 馬頭明王 and included in a grouping known as the Hachidai Myō-ō 八大明王 (lit. Batō Kannon is not only said to protect dumb animals, particularly those who labor for mankind, but extends those powers to protecting their spirits and bringing them ease and a happier life than they experienced while on earth. Hadland Davis, 1913)In esoteric traditions, Batō Kannon appears in the Taizōkai (Womb World) Mandala in the Lotus Court (Rengebu-in 蓮華部院), also known as the Kannon-in 観音院.
TK Nakagaki, president of the Buddhist Council of New York, a group that represents nearly two dozen Buddhist temples.
Panhandling on city streets isn't illegal in New York, as long as the person isn't acting aggressively.
But the city's parks department has a rule that says it is unlawful to solicit money without a permit from the parks commissioner.
In the Japanese Shingon tradition, Batō Kannon is the strong protector of the bodhimaṇḍa (Skt.
= awakening seat; the place where one attains enlightenment). Batō is also considered to be the angry form of the Buddha Muryōju (Muryoju) 無量寿.
Batō Kannon is invoked during the Jūhachidō 十八道 practice when closing the vajra net to seal the sacred space. He is distinguished by the white horse's head that he wears like a crown.