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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 gnr.happycourse@gmail.com

Facilitators: Rosalyn, Geoff, Nicole

For other study group information –  info@gebisociety.org or  +1(902)969-2328

2015 Chinese New Year Celebration

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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.

Challenges

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)

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CBCplayer

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)

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

GEBIS on Le téléjournal/Acadie

If you want to participate in a spiritual retreat or study to become a Buddhist monk, then the Little Sands monastery in Prince Edward Island is a must.

Merit booard was set up at the local garage by GEBIS.
Ven. Liu is sharing the tributes to their great neighbor Lorin from the merit board GEBIS has set up at the local garage. (© ici Radio-Canada photo by Érik Tremblay)

Venerable Liu’s integration, and that of the whole community, was facilitated by the Late Lorin Panting, the former owner of the Panting garage, and the monks have made him the tribute of gratitude.  According to Ven. Liu, Mr. Panting’s attitude was a reflection of the local residents’ warm welcome.   2014/12/08’s Guardian coverage by Steve Sharratt.

Here is also GEBIS’ Tributes to our Great Neighbor Mr. Lorin Panting.

For more information on GEBIS’s coverage, please watch 2014/12/20’s 

Le téléjournal/Acadie Le telejournal acadie

on ici Radio-Canada  ici Radio-Canada(11’34” – 14’05”)

Continue reading GEBIS on Le téléjournal/Acadie

Introduction to Buddhism: Connecting Compassion & Wisdom in Daily Life

Free 12-week Discussion Series

Explore Buddhist concepts and ways of practice to enhance happiness, peacefulness and compassion in the midst of our busy modern life!

Materials: Bring yourself and delight in exploring, listening, or discussing
Location: St. Jean Elementary School, 335 Queen Street, Charlottetown. Parking front & side of building.
Dates & Time: Thursdays, Nov 6 – Dec 11, 2014, Jan 8 – Feb 12, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm

Please register in advance, seating is limited

For information and to register, email: gnr.happycourse@gmail.com
Contacts: Geoff, Nicole, Rosalyn

*Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society

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DiverseCity Summerside Festival educates and entertains

Noah Maynard, left, Celeste Maynard, Avery Nicholson and Davis Nicholson hold up their names written in Mandarin Chinese by Buddhist monks at the DiverseCity Festival in Summerside on Saturday. Photo by Ancelene MacKinnon

SUMMERSIDE — “Buddhism is another way of life.  We’re here trying to bring harmony to the community,” says Liu, a Buddhist monk with the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society.

Liu is the president of GEBIS, a Canadian registered charitable organization that has a mission to produce monks and nuns, religious education workers, spiritual counselors, and preachers of the Buddhist faith.

Continue reading DiverseCity Summerside Festival educates and entertains

Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Joyous World

The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) is very pleased that Year 2012 marks its fourth year since GEBIS established its monastery in Prince Edward Island. With all the generous support from the government and Islanders, GEBIS was able to organize many Buddhist meditation retreats in the past years. At the end of 2011, an average of 650 monastics and over 800 lay practitioners from different parts of the world, has attended the learning programs at GEBIS. The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) is very pleased that Year 2012 marks its fourth year since GEBIS established its monastery in Prince Edward Island. With all the generous support from the government and Islanders, GEBIS was able to organize many Buddhist meditation retreats in the past years. At the end of 2011, an average of 650 monastics and over 800 lay practitioners from different parts of the world, has attended the learning programs at GEBIS.

Continue reading Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Joyous World

Buddhists unveil plans during gratitude tea

Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society focusing on major organic farming developments

MONTAGUE — The growing Buddhist community unveiled plans for their future here over the weekend, which includes everything from major organic farm developments, increased monastic training and learning ways to keep cars from sliding off ice-covered roads.

The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) held a gratitude reception at its Montague academy where over 150 Islanders packed the hall to get the latest update about a religious community that has drawn both praise and raised concern among locals.

Since arriving almost four years ago and purchasing the old Lobster Shanty restaurant and pub, the Buddhist group has spread like wildfire. There are roughly 150 monks in rotating study and about 25 lay people to assist and administer the operations, and plans are afoot to sell P.E.I. produce abroad and even bring the Taiwanese symphony orchestra in for a performance.

They’ve built a monastery in Little Sands, paid a healthy sum to Aliant for high speed Internet to be connected (to the ire of residents who can’t access the service), and have purchased numerous older farms acquiring almost 1,000 acres of farmland in the southern Kings and Queens region.

Continue reading Buddhists unveil plans during gratitude tea