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The latest news of Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society.

An Astounding Scene of Contemplation

The scholarly system of the Five Great Treatises was first established by Master Khedrup-Je (1385-1438 A.D.)and has been passed down through the lineage until today

The powerful debates that shook the Three Worlds.

The resonant sound of the Manjusri Bodhisattva mantra seed syllable, together with the sound of handclaps, broke through the tension in the examination hall. In that moment, the breath withholding silence and gaze, translated into intense focus of and attention on listening. The sitting defender, also the one who established the view for debate, four seniors from the topmost class who have completed the Five Great Treatises curriculum, the other remaining candidates, and sangha, all surrounded the hall. This day, was the debate examination for the Sangha at the GEBIS.

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Ambassadors of Peace and Goodwill

Every August, prayers are held in the temples, where Buddhist practitioners come together as ambassadors of peace and goodwill to send out prayers and well-wishes to all around the world: family members, friends, strangers, the impoverished, the sick, the poor, and those who have already passed.

During these ceremonies, the Prajnaparamita Sutra is read aloud in unison. In Buddhism, it is believed that any person who reads the sutras with a pure motivation will reap good fortune and many benefits, which can be passed on to all those who are the subjects of the dedications.

“Prayer lists” are also displayed during the ceremony. On these slips of paper, each participant of the ceremony may write down the names of all the people that they would like to send well-wishes to. Red slips are for those who are still living, while yellow slips are for those who have already passed. A Buddhist practitioner once said, “I look forward to filling out these prayer slips every year. When I write down the name of each person, I like to reflect on all that they have done for me in the past. For the last ten years, I’ve written down the names of all my elementary school teachers. I don’t have the opportunity to thank some of them in person anymore, but my care and gratitude for them continues to grow by the year.”

By sending out kind thoughts and expressing one’s gratitude, we hope that these prayers will bring a wave of peace and harmony throughout the world and sweep away the pain and torment of suffering. May rays of light forever shine upon the darkness and may all who suffer be given comfort. We pray that all that we do will bring about happiness and good fortune to all residing on our island, in this country, and the world.

Date: August 15-17, 2016

If you want to add names to our prayer list, please call Matthew Wu at 902-215-8242.

2016 GEBIS Open House

Thank you for all your interest and responses to the 2016 GEBIS Open House.  Your encouragement and support has been heartwarming and has motivated us to work harder to pay back to the Island.

Due to limited space at our monastery, GEBIS regrettably would not be able to accommodate and provide quality service to all who are interested in coming. For those who have not registered successfully, GEBIS is currently planning a protocol to accommodate small group private tour request once a month. Details shall be provided soon. We encourage you to check back and schedule with us.  We also plan to tour and organize events across the Island to meet with Islanders in different communities.

May 7 & 8 – 9am to 4pm

We cordially invite you to pick a day and come join us for a wonderful experience!

Regrettably all the time slots for either May 7 or May 8 have been booked.  Thank you again for all the support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Online Registration – May 7

Online Registration – May 8

Please click the buttons above to sign up for May 7 or May 8

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Spreading the “Rolls of Love”

Young student monks at the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) recently made 300 rolls by hand, then delivered them to families needing food.

Master Zhen-Ru, spiritual teacher of GEBIS, once told her disciples: “As a ‘come from away‘ group who has been very well received by Islanders, we must sincerely and humbly repay all the kindness Prince Edward Island has offered us.”

A recent article regarding food insecurity caught Master Zhen-Ru’s attention.​  She is very engrossed with such widespread issues impacting many families, and particularly with school children in those household would go without food for long stretches of time.

Young student monks at GEBIS realized this, and aspired to put their kind heart into action — a great practice to fulfill the teacher’s wishes.  In a recent Friday afternoon session, amidst their rigorous study and training program, they have added making 300 dinner rolls as an extra assignment on top of their chores.

Group leaders and moderators started planning and encouraging other members to be involved.  The entire class took turns overseeing the baking and there was ample manpower for working the dough.  By 9 o’clock in the evening, all 300 rolls full of love are finally ready.

Lay volunteers for the monastery took the next baton by rushing to where these rolls were needed.  One family in need had a father stricken by illness and unable to work, and their household was in a precarious position.  Having received these dinner rolls, heart-felt feelings may very well be better expressed without words.

Learning to live their life devoted to kindness
Learning to live their life devoted to kindness

Perhaps there exists some language barrier between young monks and our great Islander neighbours.   However, in each young heart illuminated with kindness, there seems to be no distance in between.  Much warmth is generated and felt through such acts of kindness.  A spiritual teacher’s aspiration for her students to live their life devoted to kindness is being fulfilled by these young monks.

 

Master Zhen-Ru, Our Spiritual Teacher

Pursuit of the Noble Truth

Master Zhen-Ru has been pursuing the truth about life and death since childhood. She was born in the Heilongjiang province of China. At a young age, she encountered her first Buddhist scripture, Surangama Sutra, and realized that the answers she sought could be found in Buddhism. This started her journey of understanding Buddhism more deeply. She studied at Mount Wutai, Mount Putuo, and major monasteries. Her teachers include important Buddhist scholars and Rinpoches. She is well-versed in Entering the Middle WayOrnament of Clear KnowledgeFour Hundred StanzasThe Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo)The Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to EnlightenmentThe Easy Path –Stages of the Path to EnlightenmentGreat Treatise’ Four Interwoven Annotations, and Presentation of Tenets: A Precious Garland.

Meeting Late Master Jih-Chang

Master Zhen-Ru was introduced to Late Master Jih-Chang’s teachings on The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (“The Great Treatise”), and was inspired by The Great Treatise. Her understanding of the text was unsurpassed and she was able to apply the teachings in every aspect of her life. As such, Late Master Jih-Chang appointed her as his successor.

Master Zhen-Ru

Passing on the Teachings

Since 2004, Master Zhen-Ru has applied Late Master Jih-Chang’s teachings and dedicated herself to developing a comprehensive Buddhist education for monastics and laypeople. Master Zhen-Ru has the unique ability of explaining the 2,000-year-old Buddhist teachings in a way that practitioners can easily relate to, understand and apply to their everyday lives in the 21st century.

Over one thousand monks and nuns, and over 80,000 lay people currently follow her.

 

Master Zhen-Ru

Establishing the Five Great Treatises Curriculum

In 2006, Master Zhen-Ru was the key proponent for the implementation of the Five Great Treatises in our monastic curriculum: Commentary on the “Compendium of Valid Cognition”, Ornament for Clear Knowledge, Commentary on the “Middle Way”, Treasury of Knowledge, and A Compendium of Discipline. Through extensive recitation, reading, contemplation, and dialectics, the Five Great Treatises help monastics deepen their understanding of Buddhism.

2015 Vesak Celebreation @GEBIS

50+ participated in our 2015 Vesak Celebration
50+ participated in our 2015 Vesak Celebration

More than 50 members from several of our English Buddhist study groups on the Island, along with their friends and family members, have delightedly come to GEBIS on May 31 to participate in our 2015 Vesak Celebration.  It is an important day among Buddhists to commemorate the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing into Nirvana.  Contrast to other teaching events and rituals, this Veask Day (sometimes also referred to as “Buddha Bathing Festival”) event also marks the very first of its kind which is solely dedicated to English-speaking participants. Continue reading 2015 Vesak Celebreation @GEBIS

UPEI Seniors College @ GEBIS

GEBIS is privileged to have 15 guests from UPEI Seniors College on the morning of May 20.   For their last session of the “Religious Diversity in Canada” course, the Buddhist monastery became their classroom for a talk on Buddhism and a campus tour.
The great encounter was initiated by the professor and facilitator of this course — Dr. Rev. Andrew Richardson (Trinity United Church in Summerside).  Seniors carpooled from Charlottetown for a 45-minute drive and arrived our Little Sands complex in southeastern PEI with visible excitement. Continue reading UPEI Seniors College @ GEBIS

When Monks meet UPEI

UPEI
Located in Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation

In MacDougall Hall 243 of the University of Prince Edward Island, April 2, 2015 was a day when the Monks from GEBIS made their encounter with University students for the course Religious Studies 102 — RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD: EASTERN TRADITIONS offered by Professor Philip G. Davis, Ph.D.   This is a course, meeting three hours each week for a semester, which intends to provide an introduction to the major living religions of the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Continue reading When Monks meet UPEI