Advertisement
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Amsterdam, NY ,

 

Advertisement

Dispute between Buddhists, shrine heading for trial

Friday, July 19, 2013 - Updated: 4:09 AM

By HEATHER NELLIS

Recorder News Staff

FONDA -- The road spat between the Auriesville Shrine and the World Peace and Health Organization is going to trial.

In a scheduled appearance at Montgomery County Court Thursday, Judge Felix Catena set a pre-trial calendar and a November trial date, said court Clerk Timothy Riley.

Riley said the appearance was brief, less than 10 minutes, and no other matters were discussed.

A complaint was filed against the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, its director, Father George Belgarde and maintenance worker Larry Steiger in May by Yik Cheng, a religious worker of the Western Supreme Buddha Temple.

The dispute centers on a pair of access roads leading to a Jesuit retreat house the Buddhist group purchased from the shrine in 2006. Known as the Western Shrine, it's the headquarters of the Western Supreme Buddha Temple and the World Peace and Health Organization.

The purchase agreement included an addendum requiring the group to build its own access road to the property by 2007, which was completed by 2009 and named Friendship Road.

After it was built, the Buddhist group, and tourists visiting the shrine, continued to use both roads to access the former retreat house. In an interview with the Recorder last week, members of the WPHO attributed that to a "friendly relationship" with Belgarde's predecessor.

There has been little communication between the WPHO members and Belgarde since he became the shrine director, according to both parties.

On April 1, shrine employees erected a blockade on the Shrine Road just before the Buddha Temple, preventing anyone from accessing the it using the road.

The shrine employees apparently thought that the construction of the new access road meant the WPHO would no longer use the shrine's road for any reason, and the WPHO seem to have believed that both roads would continue to provide access to the temple.

The complaint filed in May seeks removal of the roadblocks and signs, and an order to prohibit the shrine from closing the road in the future.

The group also wants an apology, reimbursement of legal fees, and any other relief the court finds proper under the circumstances.

Neither WPHO Spokeswoman Jennie Wong nor Belgarde returned calls Thursday seeking comment.

     

Comments made about this article - 2 Total

Posted By: Jerry Skrocki On: 7/19/2013

Title: Misinformation

Twice now the Recorder reported the WPHO was to have their access road built by 2007. That is incorrect. The addendum to the deed signed in 2006 stated the WPHO has 3 (three) years to build an access road. Freedom Road built in 2009 conformed o the requirements of the addendum. I do have a copy of the legal document if anyone would like proof.

Posted By: Mike Dailey On: 7/19/2013

Title: Our Father . . .

Was Fr. Belgarde absent the day his seminary learned the part of the Lord's Prayer that goes, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us"?

Comment on this article

Advertisement
Subscribe to The Recorder

 

The Recorder Sports Schedule

Most Popular

    Area high school sports calendar
    Friday, February 05, 2016

    Kenneth L. Luft
    Thursday, February 04, 2016

    Golf board, city council at odds over setting fees
    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    Car crashes into Amsterdam home
    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    Letters to the editor
    Thursday, February 04, 2016

    Michael J. Lais
    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    Officials express concern wage hike will hurt business
    Monday, February 08, 2016

    Mohawk sees minor flooding due to rain
    Thursday, February 04, 2016

    Amsterdam leaders eye Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant
    Friday, February 05, 2016

    Family begins endowment to help Make-A-Wish kids
    Monday, February 08, 2016

Advertisement

Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook