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By Ian Stewart   November 2008

The Leaping Monk

The ancient stone buildings and beautiful cloistered gardens of Stalemate Monastery date back to the Knights Templar. Once a year, for reasons lost in the mists of time, the monks engage in a curious practice—the ritual of the Leaping Monk.

The ritual takes place in the east corner of the gardens, where there are two small flowerbeds surrounded by 16 square stone slabs, laid out in a particular pattern (right).

One of the monks is designated to be the Leaping Monk at random.…

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