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).