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Surprise barricade cuts Buddhist temple access

Road’s condition concerns officials at nearby shrine

Members of a Chinese Buddhist organization arrived back in the U.S.A. after a trip to the Orient this weekend and found trees and a barricade blocking part of Shrine Road that leads to the Jesuit Retreat House the group purchased from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs back in 2006.Shrine officials could not be reached for input Monday - but the site's attorney said the Buddhists were warned several times that they'd agreed to build their own access to the retreat house.The group built a narrow, stone-filled path from Ripley Road up to the facility, but they fear it's inaccessible both to emergency vehicles and mail carriers and likely unknown to any visitors.
Members of a Chinese Buddhist organization arrived back in the U.S.A. after a trip to the Orient this weekend and found trees and a barricade blocking part of Shrine Road that leads to the Jesuit Retreat House the group purchased from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs back in 2006.Shrine officials could not be reached for input Monday - but the site's attorney said the Buddhists were warned several times that they'd agreed to build their own access to the retreat house.The group built a narrow, stone-filled path from Ripley Road up to the facility, but they fear it's inaccessible both to emergency vehicles and mail carriers and likely unknown to any visitors.
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Members of a Chinese Buddhist organization arrived back in the U.S. this weekend and found trees and a barricade blocking part of Shrine Road that leads to the Jesuit Retreat House they purchased seven years ago. According to an attorney who works for the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, also called the Auriesville Shrine, shrine officials are concerned with the deteriorating condition of the road and seek to halt traffic unrelated to shrine business. ...


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jerryrock
April 9, 2013
8:41 a.m.

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Another great article from Gazette Reporter Ed Munger Jr.!

wmarincic
April 9, 2013
11:01 a.m.

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More religious discrination. They are bringing much needed income into the area, how about helping, not hurting them.

ChuckD
April 9, 2013
12:13 p.m.

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Thanks wmarincic, and I mean that. On this we completely agree.
Not to defend the ham-handed, petty behavior of the Jesuits though, there's a history to this organization that includes the promise of spending a billion dollars in the Mohawk Valley. Presumably that would include investing in their "world headquarters". Where there's opportunity and vulnerability, there's likely to be all kinds of offers to help (or exploit, take hydro fracturing for example). It's important for Upstate NY to continue to be vigil and be wary of the schiesters and in this case I think there's reason for for some warning lights. Some Googling on them proves to be revealing.

jerryrock
April 9, 2013
6:39 p.m.

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ChuckD your characterization of the World Peace and Health Organization is way off base. Aside from purchasing and restoring the former Jesuit dormitory and the land bordering the eastern end of the Auriesville Shrine, the Buddhists also purchased and restored 2 church buildings in the City of Amsterdam that were closed and abandoned by the Catholics. They now serve as beautiful Buddhist Temples. Every year The World Peace and Health Organization offers free training in meditation techniques to anyone that wants to participate.

SnowGrinch
April 9, 2013
7:17 p.m.

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They greed to build their own road when they purchased the property...(Quote)
"Wong said the group agreed to build its own road when it purchased the 76-acre parcel and 63,000 square-foot facility".
They were then notified that as of April 1, the road would no longer be used.
What more could the Shrine do to accommodate the group?
I look at this as a real estate purchase where one party did not live up to it's agreement.
Build the agreed upon road as you promised.

ChuckD
April 9, 2013
11:09 p.m.

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jerry, I said "warning lights", it wasn't a indictment.

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