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<div>Buddhist classes uphold Burmese tradition</div><div><br />
</div><div><em>by Sara Hayden, <a title="Noble Silence" target="_blank" href="http://www.hmbreview.com/news/noble-silence/article_6a1d2b68-e29c-11e1-ad0a-0019bb2963f4.html">originally posted at hmbreview.com</a></em></div><div><br />

<p>Cows lowed in front of a rustic barn, and traffic rattled by along Highway 1. But last week, inside a Buddhist monastery just off the road, there was peace.</p>

<p>Dozens of children, ages 5 to 15, sat cross-legged on deep-blue cushions with eyes closed. Their faces were silent and serene.</p>

<p>&ldquo;There was so much noble silence,&rdquo; glowed meditation leader Eugenia Kaw. &ldquo;Wasn&rsquo;t that good? Let&rsquo;s keep up the noble silence.&rdquo;</p>