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Scrub the Tub – TCAP

On the 6th of Oct a Thursday morning, at 7:30am, a bus arrived at TCAP Family Aquatics and Fitness Centre in the Town of Montague, Prince Edward Island, carrying 20 Buddhist nuns, members of the Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute (GWBI).  A couple of minutes later two busses and a mini van also arrived carrying 70 monks of the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Society (GEBIS). The monks and nuns arrived at TCAP to help revitalize the community recreational centre in Montague, Prince Edward Island.

The recreational facility in TCAP has an important role for our seniors, our parents, our children and more.

The Town and Country Aquatics Plus (TCAP) took over the recreational centre, once proud pool and gymnasium facility that has been allowed to deteriorate in recent years, from a private business.  Within minutes the nuns were busy putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the cardio and weight rooms and the yoga studio. Monks divided into three groups charged with removing an unseemly amount of garbage that had collected outside. Others scrubbed pool deck mats, then the pool deck. Others meticulously cleaned the hot tub.

Buddhist monks from GEBIS volunteered their time to help clean the TCAP facility in Montague, PEI
A beautiful morning to come out to Montague, PEI for labour contribution.
Scrubbing the tub at TCAP Family Aquatics and Fitness Centre

GEBIS participants of the TCAP Family Aquatics and Fitness Center “Scrub the Tub” project shared some of their feedback:

  • Just like flowers of various colours, people of different faiths collectively adorn our world.” ~ Ven. Xing-Yang
  • May we collectively get rid of the impurity from within, and hand in hand, we keep our Island a lovely and blissful place.”  ~ Ven. Xing-Pu
  • May the beauty of the Island and its people endure for a long time! Thank you for your support in offering such a wonderful learning opportunity for us!”  ~ Ven. Xing-Ting

On Facebook, TCAP expressed “profound gratitude” to the monks and nuns for their help on Thursday. “The amount accomplished was nothing short of phenomenal,” reads a Facebook post. “The facility was full and there was such a feeling of determination, hard work and peace in the air.”   The work is tedious but necessary. When it reopens TCAP will be clean. It will be safe. And it will be a welcoming community asset.

Related articles:

Monks and nuns’ hands-on help at TCAP betters community (Eastern Graphic, Oct 6, 2016)

Buddhist monks and nuns help ‘scrub the tub’ at Montague fitness facility (CBC, Oct 7, 2017)

Buddhist community adds financial support to elbow grease in support of TCAP (Eastern Graphic, Oct 19, 2016)

For more photos:  (photo credit: HSU, Ming-Chi)

Walk of Faith

Walk of Faith

On September 22, 2016, an annual Walk of Faith by GEBIS Buddhist monks was held. The walk started at around 6:10 am and concluded right after 11 am. More than 200 monks participated in this 19-km walk of 5 hours without rest on the beautiful Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island‘s portion of the Trans Canada Trail.

Since ancient times countless practitioners have hiked through terrains of mountains and rivers in search for true reality, and through the hardships and ordeals accompanying such a journey, such practitioners have nurtured their aspiration for enlightenment. A journey as such is thus a crucial pre-requisite for an eminent monk.  With that in mind, this marks the third year that GEBIS has been hosting this Walk of Faith. 

Some monks shared their experiences:

Venerable Zheng said with a happy note, “It felt like my whole body was well worked and my mind full of energy!”  Venerable Feng who is known to have weak stamina even noted that “it didn’t felt too tiring this time, feels like I can walk a bit more!”

Walk of Faith
Each step was filled with positive thoughts and prayers for world peace, which is much needed during turbulent times.

“I was mindful about every step I took, and was chanting and praying all along”, said Venerable Qun.  Venerable Si said, “It was a magnificent sight to see the procession of monks. It was like a river of ruby. Imagine if there were thousands more!”

Venerable Fang also shared that, “It was joyous. Seeing the forest, fields and small animals along the path makes you wonder what my spiritual teacher would have perceived them. It makes you want to try your best to send prayers to them.“

After the 5-hour walking meditation, all the monks who participated felt re-energized and more motivated to work harder towards peace and harmony.

Walk of Faith
Buddhist monks, who were trying to be mindful about every step taken, chanted and prayed all along.

Related post(s) on GEBIS Facebook: