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The latest news of Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society.

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

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

2015 GEBIS Spring Fest

2015 GEBIS Spring Fest
FUN and EDUCATIONAL for entire family

Open House      

2015 GEBIS Spring Fest

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

9:30 am to 4 pm

For the very first time, Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) is opening its door of the private retreat centre in Little Sands to you.

~Invitation to All Islanders~

12174 Shore Road, Little Sands, PE C0A 1W0 (4 kilometers away from Wood Islands Information Centre & Ferry Terminal)

  • Buddhist culture and way of life
  • Facility tour
  • A large variety of video presentations
  • Arts and music
  • Exhibits
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Q&A
  • and more….


Continue reading 2015 GEBIS Spring Fest

Upcoming Buddhism Book Study Group (March 26)

Free – Upcoming Buddhism Book Study Group – Beginning Thurs, March 26

Lamrim Class Poster
Reading, Discussing and Reflecting various concepts. Come join us!

This Buddhism study group will be using the text, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Tsong-Kha-Pa

The group will be reading, discussing and reflecting various concepts using the text and other sources.

Place: Charlottetown, Splendid Essence Restaurant, upstairs classroom space – This is a restaurant on Prince Street.
Time:  6.00pm – 7.30pm, Thursdays, starting March 26.

If this may be of interest, please let us know by email if you would like to attend at

Facilitators: Rosalyn, Geoff, Nicole

For other study group information – or  +1(902)969-2328

2015 Chinese New Year Celebration


In preparing for the Chinese New Year, houses are thoroughly cleaned.  It is the time when people get together and have a reunion feast. People also go to local monastery to worship to start their first day of the year.

Chinese calligraphy for celebration of Chinese New Year
Chinese calligraphy for celebration of Chinese New Year

Chinese red scrolls are commonly seen as fixture for decorating the houses. Prayers and auspicious words in Chinese calligraphy have been used in the tradition dated back for thousands of years. Continue reading 2015 Chinese New Year Celebration

2015 CNY Celebration in Cornwall (SinoMu)

Since its inception of September 2014, Sino Mutual Society (SinoMu) has endeavored in providing cultural program for new immigrants in a hope to help the Chinese immigrants to settle and adapt well to the different culture and environment.  With the multi-purposed activities GEBIS strives to offer in our community program, SinoMu is well-positioned in offering programs and sharing the experience. Continue reading 2015 CNY Celebration in Cornwall (SinoMu)

CBC Land and Sea — “Come From Away”

CBC Land and Sea "Come From Away" episode on GEBIS (Courtesy of Tell Tale Productions Inc.)
CBC Land and Sea “Come From Away” episode on GEBIS (Courtesy of Tell Tale Productions Inc.)

Why PEI?

First time the spiritual leader arrived on this Island, and just loved the serenity of this place and the heart-warming atmosphere.  This is the perfect place for the monks to practice.


The monks faced numerous challenges – a new language and new culture and the harsh Canadian winter.

“The first winter here, nobody had a clue how to drive on the icy roads, nobody knew how to dress up to keep us warm, and a lot of challenges that we have never seen before.

A lot of times we would just end up in the ditch, and friends and neighbours, they knew – oh, there go some monks again, so they will come and drag us out of the ditch, day or night, day after day, during our first year.  Islanders helped us a lot.

~ Venerable Xing-Chang

Wanna learn more how GEBIS is covered in the 2015/1/4 episode?  Check this out for the entire episode in which GEBIS was featured as one of the three come-from-away groups (the first 9:50 and the last two minutes)


For those of you who regrettably  cannot access to CBC player clip due to the regional restrictions, here is the 1-minute sneak preview (Trailer on Youtube).

Coverage of “Come From Away” Episode

INFORMATION MORNING – NS | Jan 2, 2015 | 9:23

The tension between life-long Maritimers and “Come From Aways”

Brian Dubreuil looks at the impact some people are having on the rural economy of the Maritimes in a new documentary called “Come From Away”

Tune in to Nova Scotia’s Information Morning on CBC Radio  2015/01/02

with Don Connolly and Louise Renault

(note:  from 6’45” and on, and to the very end; if you are zooming in the coverage on GEBIS)


92_TruroDailyheader2015/01/02 Truro Daily’s News Release by Tell Tale Inc. also has good coverage about the episode.