Buddhists host neighbourhood tea

Residents gathered at the Women’s Insitute Hall in Wood Islands Saturday for a reception and tea held by the Great Enlightment Buddhist Institute Society. The society will hold another public information tea this Saturday at its academy in Montague, the former Lobster Shanty.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to you all,” said society president Venerable Liu to about 70 people who attended. “Thank you very much for your understanding, open-mindedness, and being so accommodating for people like us, who have come from a different culture.”The three-hour event included a short film featuring projects undertaken by GEBIS and its global organization, a presentation by Liu about the organization, and a question and answer session. The society said “it was a time to revel in the gratitude and family togetherness” student monks at GEBIS feel toward their P.E.I. hometown.

“I thank Venerable and all others who must have worked very hard to make all of your neighbours feel so very welcome. I am so glad that I came to your tea and I was able to learn so much about GEBIS and your noble aims”, said local resident Kip Smith.

Another local resident said, ”It was very fruitful in helping the community understand the true good nature of the monastery.”

To extend gratitude and respect to all residents, GEBIS will host another tea reception, Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Montague campus, 634 Main Street, Montague from 2-5pm.

The event is open to all residents. There will be refreshments, hot and cold drinks, along with posters, video presentation, and questions and comments are welcome.  For further information, contact executive director Geoff Yang at 316-0134 or e-mail info@gebisociety.net

Courtesy of The Guardian. Published on January 10, 2012