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How a Chelsea Church Became a Buddhist Monastery

Three Cranes Find a HomeThree sandhill cranes make their home on ten acres of rolling land bordering Werkner Rd. Once the site of the Chelsea Free Methodist Church, today the property belongs to a Buddhist monastery. The birds inspired its name: Triple Crane Monastery.

In Asian cultures, cranes are often considered an auspicious sign, messengers of good tidings, explains Lei Jiang, a member of the monastery’s governing board. “Here on this property, the number of sandhill cranes has remained constant–three. Their presence convinced our founders that they had found the right location to establish a monastery.” On a cold, snowless winter day in late January, Jiang, K.T. Gan, and Steve Daut offer a tour of the church-turned-monastery.

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