Buddhist group finalizing land purchase in Brudenell

Steve Sharratt
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BRUDENELL - On the heels of a multi-million dollar Buddhist nunnery approved by the Brudenell community council, a second property purchase is being finalized that might create a combined 250 acre Buddhist complex.

The Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute is looking for rural peace and quiet to set up a monastery with a number of dormitories to accommodate 100 to 200 people.

The property is the former Willy DeLodder farm on the Robertson Road en route to the Three Rivers Roma historic site.

The proposed project and rezoning has been given approval by the Brudenell community council and is before the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC).

However, a second and adjacent property purchase approval is wending its way through the system.

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An 80 acre site, known as the former Neil MacDonald farm and called Three Rivers Landing, has been sold to Taiwanese interests.

It has been signed off by two people who file their address as Uigg, P.E.I., and are apparently connected with the same group purchasing and building the nunnery.

There is no official information at this time regarding plans for the additional land which also features considerable waterfront.

“Council has given preliminary approval to the Delodder property for the rezoning,’’ confirmed Coun. Brian Harding. “It is now in IRAC’s hands.”

The rezoning requests the property be changed from rural residential to agricultural.

The Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute is entirely separate from the group known as the “monks” of the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS), which operates a large monastery in Little Sands and a number of organic farms in the Heatherdale region.

The council was presented with the plan late last month where residents offered no specific resistance, but had questions about property values and future plans of the development.

Council was told the nuns wish to live a quiet and cloistered life and say their mission is to nurture life.

However, the second purchase now in the works has prompted current land and cottage owners who border the property to form an association concerned with future plans.



Organizations: Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute, Three Rivers Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society

Geographic location: Brudenell, Robertson Road, Little Sands Heatherdale

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Recent comments

  • Joanne Wynia
    November 24, 2015 - 08:13

    I'm with you all the way John ....they do no harm, especially to our environment. They are nurturing back the land and in turn the ecosystem. I would choose them as stewards over our land rather than a large chemically laiden corporate farm any day of the week. They live a pauper's life and how much money they have is of no concern...they do no harm.

  • John MacDonald
    November 23, 2015 - 11:41

    Welcome! We are pleased to have responsible stewardship of island land. This is a benefit for all. It is refreshing to see agricultural pursuits without the damaging effects of commercial chemicals which endanger us all and our defenseless animals. If you have questions, walk the perimeters of chemically sprayed fields and you will see the dead birds. After a field by our house was planted with chemically treated potatoes, it took many years before we again heard songbirds. We are grateful for the Buddhists' intentions and wish the project all the best! John MacDonald

  • DB
    November 23, 2015 - 09:46

    I think you may have gotten some things mixed up. The road is the Brudenell Point Road. The plot purchased from Neil isn't his old farm, his old farm is the one that was recently in the news as it was being changed to the lobster holding facility. The plot they're buying would be the land that Neil moved to after he sold the farm (in the late 90's). Thanks :) Source: Worked on Willy's and Neils farm

  • caringgal
    November 23, 2015 - 08:33

    Multi-million dollar facility,eh! By a group of people who practise poverty? They are buying land so fast they'll soon own most of eastern PEI. Anyone concerned? Even the Irvings weren't allowed to buy as much.

    • John MacDonald
      November 23, 2015 - 14:08

      Dear Caringgal, My concerns are perceptions of distinctions and differences that separate us from one another, not responsible stewardship of PEI. I am grateful for any family or group that uses land without harm to others for any purpose. John MacDonald

    • wayne k
      November 23, 2015 - 20:56

      These are not family farms. As collectives they have the massive funds to buy from owner however it will require the services of a small village to for the province to support due to numbers. Also this may be the advance movement usually the clergy are sent in first on a takeover. As were the arrival of the Spanish preceded and accompanied by priests to whitewash and educate the savages as they were called. Buddhism is the state religion of most Chinese that aren't full blown communist.