Beach Council Allows Monks to Hold Services At Home

April 29, 2009

Author: Deirdre Fernandes

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/beach-council-allows-monks-hold-services-home

The City Council voted unanimously to let a group of Buddhist monks hold religious services at their home in Pungo.

The monks can hold mediation services on Sundays with no more than 20 people, and festivals must be held elsewhere. The monks cannot put more statues in their yard, and the landscaping must be maintained. The conditions of the use permit approved by the council were outlined in a tentative settlement filed in federal court in March.