Buddhists extend gratitude for progress in 2011

Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society recognizes many acts of kindness

The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) says it is fortunate to have so many individuals, groups and societies offer support to aid the organization in settling and growing in the province during 2011.

From contractors and farmers to tips on winter driving, the society says it wants to recognize so many acts of kindness.

“Thanks to the P. E. I. community and government, GEBIS had a remarkable year in 2011,” says institute president Venerable Liu.

“Many Buddhist practitioners, in both monastic and lay societies, from all over the world, came to P. E. I. to attend a variety of retreats hosted by GEBIS. We also participated in many community projects, including dialogues with multi- faith groups, college students and senior residents. We could not achieve all of these without the support from all Islanders.”

In a statement, the institute cited support from contractors, architects, electricians and design engineers for accommodating construction schedules rain or shine, explaining local fire and safety regulations, and helping to complete various construction projects on time, in order to accommodate more Buddhist practitioners and events.

The Buddhist group has acquired numerous parcels of land in southeastern P. E. I. and built a number of new buildings to house monks and students. The group is concentrated heavily in the Wood Islands East area but has many holdings in the Heatherdale region as well.

“We thank many farmers across P. E. I. for organizing farming projects for the novice monks during the summer retreat, voluntarily offering tractors and investing labour to unload container shipments from overseas, and helping to make the student monks and Buddhist practitioners from all over the world to enjoy life here,” said Venerable Liu.

The institute acknowledged neighbors’ generosity and support for sharing facilities, offering tips for winter driving, communication and safety, which provided a sense of belonging and hospitality.

“With support and guidance from the government of Prince Edward Island for listening and understanding, and being respectful for diversity, GEBIS was able to continue on the mission of training interested individuals to learn advanced Buddhist philosophy,” said Liu.

“And uphold the Buddhist teachings with motivation for the better welfare of all beings.”

Every bit of support has meant a great deal to GEBIS. For 2012, with the deepest gratitude in mind, GEBIS will remain committed to further its mission to improve the health and quality of life for all people.

“Since we are new and still learning on this Island, we appreciate your suggestions and comments,” the society says.

Courtesy of The Guardian Charlottetown. By Steve Sharratt. December 30, 2011