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Buddhist Monks Continue Hunger Protest Against Nuclear Plant

Buddhist monks from Seattle are stationed on the knoll next to the San Clemente Pier for a week, fasting and praying.

Four Buddhist monks have set up shop on the knoll overlooking the San Clemente Pier, and Monday they were in the midst of the third day of their six-day fast to protest the restart of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.

"I advocated from the very first to do it here," said Brother Senji Kanaeda of the Nipponzan Myohoji temple in Seattle. "I'm Japanese, and I want to make sure [an accident like the Fukushima nuclear disaster] never happens again. We have a duty to save our mother earth."

Gary Headrick, leader of San Clemente Green, is also participating in the fast.

"These guys are amazing ― what they'll put themselves through to prove a point," he said.

Kanaeda said his Buddhist faith made it imperative that he and other followers do what they can to end nuclear power.

"Life is most sacred," he said. "Everyone has a duty and hope to keep the safety of the world for our children. Jesus Christ had the same idea, I believe."

Tuesday, the monks will break the fast, and resume it again until Friday, according to their itinerary. Next week, they'll be moving their protest north to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

They will also be walking and praying in San Luis Obispo as well.

Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting with plant officials and engineers during which the Southern California Edison executives attempted to convince regulators they had a safe plan to restart a portion of the troubled plant, which has been shuttered since January because of a radioactive steam leak.

The leak revealed the plant's steam generators were riddled with

Read about the science behind the cause of the leak and plan to restart here.

Jay Berman December 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
The uranium we use is part of the Earth, a resource for us to use by harvesting its radioactivity and converting it to heat to generate electricity we need to live ... in the past we cut down trees and burned the wood ... some would say that was bad for the Earth too ...
Jon Sherman December 07, 2012 at 08:15 PM
A Catholic Prayer Loving Father and Creator of all we come to you today deeply grateful for your creation. As we look around us we are amazed at the greatness and majesty of all that you have made. Nature around us speaks of your greatness - the vast expanse of the sky, the mountains, trees, lakes and streams speak of your great design. You have given us such beauty in the colors of the rainbow, the beauty of flowers and fields. Words cannot adequately express the magnificence of all you have created. We join in praise with the writer of the psalms when he says, 'O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.' May we show our love and reverence to you, our Lord, by caring for all that you have created. We humbly give you praise and thanks.
Mike F December 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Glorify God! God placed the lives of His people in the hands of the Egyptians for hundreds of years. The Democratic Party is the Egyptian Empire of California. Study the Holy Bible from God and Glorify God: Genesis 1 - 11. Introduction and Background Genesis 12 - John. The Jewish Testament Acts. The Book of Transition Romans - Philemon. The Christian Testament Hebrews - Revelation. The Completion of the Jewish Testament Stand up for the future.
Jon Sherman December 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Old Navajo Chant The mountains, I become part of it, the herbs, the fir tree, I become part of it. The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters, I become part of it. The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen, I become part of it.
Mike F December 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
In the Register this morning "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Will Rogers (1879-1935) The Navajo was obviouly noting his Intimate familiarty with the area that he made his living in.

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