Buddhist monastery hosts open house in Little Sands

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 27, 2015

Xing Xuan and Xing Zu shovel snow for an upcoming open house at the Buddhist Academy in Little Sands.

©Steve Sharratt/The Guardian

LITTLE SANDS — The doors will swing open for the first time this weekend as the monastic academy of the Buddhist society hosts a “Spring Fling” open house for the general public.

The event will be held Saturday, March 28 with three different sessions throughout the day to ensure visitors have no difficulty with crowds or parking.

“We all know how much snow has fallen this winter and we are dutifully clearing away as much as we can for our visitors,’’ said Venerable Dan.

“However, we only have so much room and we hope people will pre-register on our website so we can ensure happy tours.”

The society says it will be a fun and educational activity for the entire family as guests can visit the prayer hall and Buddhist kitchen, as well as the living quarters to see how monks live.

There will also be arts and music, a video presentation, snacks and refreshments, and a question session with the monks at the large academy.

“We want to reach out to people to get to know us,’’ said Venerable Dan.

The academy is located at 12174 Shore Road, four kilometres east of the Plow the Waves visitor centre and ferry terminal in Wood Islands — or the seventh cleared lane on the left past Panting’s Garage.

Guests should pre-register on the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society webpage for one of the three sessions; 9:30 a.m., 12 noon or 2 p.m., or email 2015gebisopenhouse@gmail.com or call 902-969-9798.