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Celebrating Togetherness

The year end of 2016 was a busy one for Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS), as Venerables from GEBIS visited other Buddhist establishments in Toronto and Halifax, and also received respected guests at GEBIS during November and December.

Toronto, Ontario (November 1st -2nd 2016)

Monks from GEBIS respectfully visited some well-established Buddhist monasteries/Dharma Centres in the area.

  • Nov 1st: Ven. Dayi Shi, Abbot of the Cham Shan Temple Toronto, spent the afternoon giving a tour around the facility and sharing the current & future Dharma projects in the Greater Toronto Area.
GEBIS representatives visit Venerable Dayi Shi, Abbot of Cham Shan Temple Toronto

GEBIS monks – Venerables Alexander and Dan visit Venerable Dr. Bhante Saranapala at the West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre, Toronto

PEI: Sri Lankan Buddhist monks’ GEBIS visit  (November 15th 2016)

It was great honour to have a group of Sri Lankan Buddhist monks and lay practitioners visiting GEBIS and have a dialogue during their short stay in PEI.

The Most Venerable Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero. and Venerable Udupihille Wimalabuddhi Thero. from the Toronto Mahavihara, Bhante Jinarama from Sri Lanka, Bhante Sudharma from Halifax, Bhante Saradha from Cambridge, Ontario toured the prayer hall and had viewings on sutra collections and long scrolls of precious scriptures with ancient printing traditions. Some young student monks of GEBIS also demonstrated Buddhist debate on advanced Buddhist philosophy for the guests. Then our honourable guests chanted a prayer to give blessing for world peace.

After the tour at the prayer hall, Venerable Su gave a presentation about GEBIS, the study program and its projects. After which The Most Venerable Ahangama Rathanasiri, Chief Incumbent President of the Toronto Mahavihara shared his 25+ yr experience in promoting Buddhist teaching in Canada, before ending the visit.

The Most Venerable Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero. and Venerable Udupihille Wimalabuddhi Thero. from Toronto, along with fellow Sri Lankan monks, toured GEBIS prayer hall

Halifax, Nova Scotia  (December 5th 2016)

Halifax Shambhala Centre welcomed representatives from GEBIS with great hospitality, and gave a guided tour followed by a soulful dialogue. It was a great learning opportunity for GEBIS, as the development and establishment by Shambhala International over the years and offering of diverse programs to enrich the community was truly respectable.

GEBIS representatives visit Halifax Shambhala Centre

PEI: Bhante Jinananda’s GEBIS visit (December 9th 2016)

Bhante Jinananda visited GEBIS to give blessing and exchange experiences with the Venerables.  The dialogues, visits and sharing of experiences, were heartfelt and humbling experiences. It enabled GEBIS to learn, promote exchanges, build new friendship and collaborative opportunities, and together help shape and form peaceful communities.

Bhante Jinananda visits GEBIS

Related Reading:

Spirit of Assisi

Spirit of Assisi II

Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace

On the 27th of October 2016, Buddhist Monks from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS) joined various faith communities from the Island at the St. Francis of Assisi church in Cornwall to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, Italy.

Interfaith Prayer
Wonderful evening @ St. Francis of AssisI church

The inter-faith service was first organized by Pope John Paul II on the very same day in 1986, witnessing 160 religious leaders spending the day together with fasting and prayers, representing 32 Christian religious organizations and 11 non-Christian world religions. It was a call for peace, unity and inter-religious understanding, where annually religious leaders come together to discuss critical global issues.

St. Francis of Assisi church in Cornwall
Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace

With this in mind, more than twenty Buddhist monks were honoured to share the prayer chants from their tradition between 7 to 8pm that evening with other island faith communities such as Abegweit First Nations, Islamic, Baha’i, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, and Charlottetown Area Christian Council.

It was a great way to stay connected with all and share the common aspiration for peace through these wonderful prayers from various faiths.

For more photos of the commemoration:

Spirit of Assisi II Celebration photos from Diocese of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island