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September 8, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Below, Orange County stretches off into the hazy distance--land of real estate deals, crowded freeways, shopping malls and Little League. In contrast, life at Ramakrishna Monastery, high on a ridge above Trabuco Canyon, is simple and unchanging, devoted to quiet contemplation. Routines and schedules dominate the days: rising early for the 6:30 a.m. meditation--the first of three daily sessions--sharing meals in the kitchen, tending the garden and studying.
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September 8, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Below, Orange County stretches off into the hazy distance--land of real estate deals, crowded freeways, shopping malls and Little League. In contrast, life at Ramakrishna Monastery, high on a ridge above Trabuco Canyon, is simple and unchanging, devoted to quiet contemplation. Routines and schedules dominate the days: rising early for the 6:30 a.m. meditation--the first of three daily sessions--sharing meals in the kitchen, tending the garden and studying.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preliminary approval from the Orange County Planning Commission for a 299-unit housing development in Trabuco Canyon is expected today, despite warnings from opponents that a monastery will demand the return of a portion of O'Neill Regional Park if the project is sanctioned. The planning agency postponed approval of the proposal earlier this month to give the property owners and representatives of nearby St. Michael's Abbey and Ramakrishna Monastery time to work out a compromise on view issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1996
The Orange County Board of Supervisors today will review a plan to build up to 318 houses in Trabuco Canyon in a project that has become one of the most controversial in recent memory. A divided Orange County Planning Commission failed to reach an agreement on the development, Saddleback Meadows, in July, thus requiring the supervisors to decide the issue. The developer, Aradi Inc., wants to build 318 homes, while a planning staff alternative recommended a maximum of 299.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO
A deal to buy and preserve most of the land slated for an unpopular mobile-home development in Trabuco Canyon could be complete by August, an attorney involved in the negotiations told county supervisors this week. Ed Connor, president of the Orange County Bar Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Ending a quarter-century development quarrel, a landowner was allowed Monday to build 266 single-family homes in southeast Orange County after agreeing to expand a wildlife corridor to satisfy environmentalists and build a 30-foot berm to give a neighboring monastery more privacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will take up a proposal by Chairman Roger R. Stanton to block development of 222 acres in Trabuco Canyon that has been at the center of controversy for two decades. The meeting comes two weeks after the supervisors rejected a proposal by Aradi Inc. to build 321 homes on the site. The proposal was strongly opposed by neighbors, including two religious institutions, St. Michael's Abbey and Ramakrishna Monastery.
OPINION
February 9, 2003
Orange County's canyon lovers are understandably saddle sore after the Orange County Board of Supervisors' Jan. 28 meeting. Residents of the canyons and those who wish to protect their natural beauty from untoward development made what might be their last stand against Saddle Creek and Saddle Crest. The two residential developments would add 162 homes and spell doom for nearly 500 mature trees, many of them oaks.
NEWS
September 8, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
The Vedanta movement, brought to the United States in 1893, attracted many intellectuals in the '40s--notably British lecturer Gerald Heard and writers Christopher Isherwood and Aldous Huxley. When Heard broke briefly from Vedanta, he and Isherwood's cousin, Felix Greene, bought 300 acres of land above Trabuco Canyon in 1942 and built Trabuco College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2002 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
One of Orange County's longest-running development battles could end Tuesday, when the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether to allow 283 homes to be built at Saddleback Meadows, a historic hillside ranching site at the doorstep of the Cleveland National Forest. Developer after developer has fought since the 1970s to win approval to build on the steep, landslide-prone slopes between two monasteries.
REAL ESTATE
December 22, 2002 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
A lone bell tolled as dawn washed over the Ramakrishna Monastery in Trabuco Canyon on a recent cool, autumn morning, summoning the monks to their daily meditation, as it has every morning for more than 50 years. Wrapped in cotton robes, four men padded barefoot into the compound's white brick shrine to begin an hourlong silent contemplation in a windowless room illuminated by the glow of candles.
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