Media Coverage for 2015 GEBIS Spring Fest


Vincent used paint, Hank used music, Milton used words, and Buddhists use butter.     ~Steve Sharratt @ the Guardian

A Spring Fest welcoming Islanders
A Spring Fest welcoming Islanders

Many thanks to our media friends who have provided support for our event –

Radio: CBC’s Karen Mair, Maggie Brown; Ocean 100’s Kerri Wynne MacLeod
TV: CBC’s Sara Fraser, Jessica Doris-Brown, Bruce Rainnie, and Elizabeth Chiu
Newspaper: Guardian’s Steve Sharratt & Carolyn Drake, Eastern Graphics’s Chris McGarry

Transcripts from CBC’s Island Morning 2015/3/30 (Interviews by Jessica Doris-Brown on four Islanders who visited  the monastery on 3/28)

Disclaimer: This transcript is not intended for commercial use (prepared by Geoffrey Yang)

Clip 1:

Interviewer (“I”): So what brought you here today?
M. McKenna (“M”): Oh, I just thought it sounded very intriguing and interesting and we knew the buildings were here and the monks were here and we thought we would venture out on a somewhat nice day to come and see what it was all about.

I: What was it that made you curious about this place?
M: I don’t know. You just see the monks and we knew there was a lot of buildings and just, we saw the thing on the TV the other night on CBC and it showed the Buddha and statues and sounded like it would be interesting to come and tour.

I: So tell me what you thought of the tour?
M: Very well so far, very good. It’s very interesting.

I: What er, what have you liked the most so far?
M: Well, we tasted the food. That was very nice. Just seeing the art and interesting that, you know, the modesty that which, which they would live. The bedrooms are pretty small and fair number of people to it. We take for granted how much we seem to have in our lives and how little they have and how happy and friendly and kind they are with such little life that we would never even think of.

I: What else have you learned about the way the monks were living?
M: Well, there, there’s a large number of them at different times. There could be up to five hundred, I think he said. And a hundred and fifty in the winter. So they must share a lot. Yeah, it was just interesting.

I: What do you think of the fact that they have opened up their doors to the public after five years?
M: Yah, very nice. Well, they talked earlier about this stuff they give back to the community. They collect hats and mitts and boots and food and give it to the food banks and to people in need. So wonderful of them to give back, so they are giving back to PEI this way too.

I: Do you have anything else you would like to add about your day here?
M: We are not done yet but we are almost there. And we are glad that there’s four of us came, me and Matthew are together and we are having a great time!

Clip 2:

I: So what brought you here today?
H. Molyneaux (“H”): Hmm, just, we have seen that there was an open house for the Buddhists, and we thought it would be really cool to like come see all of their temple and their housing and see the whole community.
J. Molyneaux (“J”):: Hmm, same thing. You hear lots of stories and stuff and for them to finally have, you know, an open house, where you can walk through yourself and see their daily lives and culture is kind of neat, so.

I: Yeah, I think it’s been a source of intrigue for Islanders for five years of just kind of knowing it’s here and not seeing it. Would you guys agree?
H: Yah.
J: Absolutely, and you know, they are a big part of the community in King’s county now so you know, it’s nice to know who your neighbors are.
H: Absolutely.

I: So tell me about the tour. What of, what have you seen, what have you enjoyed?
H: I really enjoyed, like the sculptures that you see them make, how much patience and time they’ve put into it but it’s really beautiful.
J: And the food’s great. (laughter)

I: Were you surprised to come and find lunch?
H: Yeah.
J: Yeah, very.
H: It’s good. It was different, but really good.

I: So what are you going to take from this experience, do you think?
H: Just that life doesn’t need to be so complicated.
J: Materialistic.
H: Yeah, materialistic all the time, like, really just having what you need is, is a privilege.

Clip 3:
B. Colson (“B”): I am 94 years of age. I am really amazed and [forgot] that this place existed. Because, you know, I have been living here on the Island, for 25 years and well, I heard about it but I did not realize that it was so extensive and I mean, it’s well worth a visit.

Interviewer (“I”): For people who watch this and are not going to get to see how extensive is it, I mean, how would you describe it?
B: It’s, it’s amazing. It’s, you know, it’s mind boggling (chuckles). And I think that er, it’s well worth for everyone to come here and to view it, to see for themselves what is happening here.

I: What are some of the things that have impressed you about what’s happening here?
B: As we drove in here, I was impressed by the number of, of buildings that existed here. Some of my friends have been here before but they did not realize that it was so, it was so extensive and you know, the number of monks that are here. They are actually, er good living people, and they are very er, likeable people, and I think that it’s er, that we should hmm, love them like, as a, as a good neighbor.

I: What do you think of the way that they live here, and the simplicity of it?
B: Well, it’s er, not quite, not quite familiar what their er, their main aim is in life. But, they, they hmm, I still feel that I need more information about the organization itself, you know, to understand, understand them.

I: Yes, yes.
B: Obviously they believe in what they are doing and I respect that. And, I’m just, I’m quite, well (laughs) , I like what I see, let’s put it that way. I like what I see.