Three orange-robed Burmese Buddhist monks have made their home in Bedford-Stuyvesant for nearly a year, and are gradually adapting to life in Brooklyn.
Last August, they founded Metta Parami Monastery on the bottom two floors of a stately Bed-Stuy brownstone.
Their Madison St. digs, decorated with bright Burmese flag banners hung over the stoop, stand out from the desolate, boarded-up homes nearby.
There are other positives: living in Brooklyn means they can finally speak out. One of the monks was tortured and jailed for a decade by his homeland’s current military regime.
“Here in America, you have freedom, human rights, justice,” said monk U Agga Nyana, 28. “In Burma, we don’t have any rights to express our view.”
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