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  • Nuns Fight Pipeline
    Nuns fight pipeline: Nuns and monks battle Bluegrass pipeline on 'Holy Ground'
    Nuns battle a pipeline that has a proposed underground route running through land owned by a group of Catholic Trappist monks and a convent. The fracking battle has pitted “Big Energy” against the “singing nuns,” reports...
  • Man sentenced to 249 years for killing six monks, one nun and two temple workers
    Man sentenced to 249 years for killing six monks, one nun and two temple workers
    According to ABC News on March 14, a Phoenix, Arizona man was sentenced to 249 years in prison for killing nine people, including six monks, one nun, and two helpers during a robbery at a Buddhist temple in 1991.Johnathan A. Doody, now 39, was...
  • Seinfeld reunion? Jerry dishes on rampant rumors after filming at iconic diner
    Seinfeld reunion? Jerry dishes on rampant rumors after filming at iconic diner
    A Seinfeld reunion could finally be happening, sort of. Fans of the show about nothing, arguably the greatest sitcom to grace prime time television, have been pining for something, anything, that would bring the four wonky friends back together...
  • Deer Park Monastery in Escondido
    Deer Park Monastery: Keep calm and meditate on
    For one of the many book clubs I am part of we are reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin taking on a chapter a month. For October, the topic is focused on mindfulness and meditation. Did you know that there is a monastery dedicated to...
  • Deprung Gomang Monks Mandala
    A Visit with The Monks
    I attend a small Spiritualist Church, The Journey Within, located in New Jersey. Its humble beginning is a story in itself. Recently, we invited the Deprung Gomang Monks to honor us with a visit and were elated when they agreed to come. The Monks...
  • Celtic Buddhism in Bangor
    Celtic Buddhism, Bangor's new kid on the block.
    Bangor is an interesting, wonderful blend of spirituality. One can find Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelic Churches. One can find synagogues, and a Unitarian Universalist church. One can even find head shops, Indian restaurants, and a killer...
  • Abbey church bell tower
    Seven things Floridians should know about Saint Leo Abbey
    Saint Leo Abbey is located 45 minutes north of Tampa and several miles east of I-75 at Exit 285. (Map and Directions.) My wife and I have been visiting this monastery of about 20 Benedictine monks for several years and are constantly amazed at the...
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    Oblate Spiritual Retreat November 2-4, 2012
    The Oblate spiritual retreat will be held the weekend of November 2-4, 2012 at Saint Leo Abbey in Pasco County, Florida. (Abbey website).The cost is $215 per person ($430 per couple). The cost is $115 for those who do not stay overnight, but...
  • Thai monks chant at Wat Prommanee during a rebirth ceremony May 18, 2012 in Nakhon Nayok,Thailand.
    What is religion?
    The word religion is used freely worldwide, so much so, that one may neglect to stop and ponder its meaning. When one asks the question, “What is religion?” Often the first thing that comes to mind are different types of religions or...
  • Monk in the City
    Monk in the City
    Just about every Chicagoan is familiar with the Bridgeport neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. In many ways, it’s a central hub of the city, adjacent to such famous locations as the Magnificent Mile, the Gold Coast, Chinatown, Greektown,...
  • Blessings, Peace and Harmony album from Sony Masterworks
    Can Gregorian chants find a wider audience? Sony Masterworks thinks so.
    Tucked away on the outskirts of nowhere in a canyon in northwest New Mexico is the Christ of the Desert monastery, home to an American order of Benedictine monks. The solar-powered facility is surrounded by miles of government-protected wilderness...
  • Saint Leo Abbey Church
    Weekend Spiritual Retreat at Saint Leo Abbey October 5-7, 2012
    October 5-7, 2012 is the annual weekend retreat for all Christian lay men and women interested in the Oblate program at Saint Leo Abbey, Pasco County, Florida. (map). For information email the Oblate Chapter Office.The retreat begins Friday...
  • Big Sur painting
    Monks - Part II: The Monks of Big Sur: Paradise
    Just a short distance away from San Francisco, south, nestled in the hills above Pacific Coast Highway, live the spiritual brothers of Bede Griffith.They are the monks of New Camaldoli Hermitage, in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, California...
  • Buddha in the sky
    Three charged in monk self-immolation case
    There has been intense despair shared among Buddhists in the Syracuse community ever since hearing of the recent self-immolation of another Tibetan monk. Daily prayers have been said among Buddhists in Syracuse for a lessening of China's...
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    Concern for welfare of Buddhist monks continues
    Buddhists here in Syracuse have been carefully following the developments of fellow Buddhist monks who are in distress. Daily prayers and support of initiatives to help these monks are as usual commonplace here. The Buddhist Channel has now...