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Virginia Beach Buddhist monk community finds permanent home, city OKs permit

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 13, 2011

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (USA) -- A group of Buddhist monks in Virginia Beach has found a permanent home following several years of conflict with the city.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that City Council unanimously approved a permit Tuesday allowing the Buddhist Education Center of America to use a site in Kempsville as a religious facility.

The monks have been looking for a new worship space since their house in Pungo fell into foreclosure in 2009.

That property had been the subject of litigation before the foreclosure. The city had denied the monks a permit to hold religious services after neighbors complained about traffic. The monks sued the city in federal court, claiming the permit denial was unlawful. The lawsuit was later settled.


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