VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) A group of Buddhist monks could lose permission to use a $1 million brick ranch home as their temple. In a 6-4 vote last week, Virginia Beach Planning Commissioners recommended that the monks shut down the Buddhist Education Center of America Inc. in rural Virginia Beach.
The monks had requested a two-year extension to a permit that was issued last August that allowed worship services in the house. The master Buddhist monk lives there, along with some younger monks, and worshippers come there on Sundays and for three celebrations during the year. The monks have tried to find a new location for the master's house and temple, but say they could not find anything suitable. Selling the home in the current real estate market is almost impossible, said Morris Fine, an attorney representing the monks.